Gamma knife radiosurgery was the solution Steve needed to put the brakes on his meningioma.
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Meningiomas are brain tumors that develop from tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. A vast majority of tumors (90 percent) are noncancerous, or benign, but even benign tumors can grow large enough to compress brain tissue and become disabling or life threatening.
At The Valley Hospital, our team of top physicians can help map out an appropriate treatment plan, depending on the size location and aggressiveness of the tumor. Surgery or radiosurgery, such as Gamma Knife treatment, may be used for larger, more aggressive tumors.
Additional meningioma treatment options may include surveillance, or a “wait-and-see” approach, particularly for slow-growing tumors with no symptoms.
These brain tumors usually occur in middle age and are twice as common in women as in men, leading some experts to believe that female hormones may play a role in tumor development. On the flip side, men are more likely to develop cancerous meningiomas. People, who’ve had radiation therapy to the head, as well as those with the rare disorder called neurofibromatosis type 2, face a higher risk of developing meningiomas.
Many meningiomas do not cause symptoms and are often found as part of a work-up for other reasons. When meningiomas do cause symptoms; they are a result of tumor size, growth rate and location within the brain. As a result, people with meningiomas may experience:
Imaging tests such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect meningiomas. Tumors are categorized into three grades: grade I (benign), grade II (atypical) and grade III (malignant, or anaplastic). Typically, the lower the grade, the slower the tumor grows and the lower the chance of recurrence.
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The Valley Hospital is pleased to be one of the first hospitals in the United States to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife Icon — the latest technology for the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors and neurological conditions in the brain.