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Gamma Knife vs. CyberKnife: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a condition of the brain or head, it is likely your doctor has recommended stereotactic radiosurgery as a treatment option. Gamma Knife and CyberKnife are two popular forms of stereotactic radiosurgery and while they are similar, there are differences to consider when choosing the right treatment option for you. Read on to learn more

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Proton Therapy vs. Gamma Knife

Proton therapy has been considered an expensive and controversial cancer treatment in past years. While the popularity of the treatment and number of treatment centers is on the rise, there is still much to learn about this treatment and if it’s a viable option for patients.  What is Proton Therapy? Proton therapy is a highly specialized form of radiation therapy

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Gamma Knife vs. Cyberknife for Meningioma

Treating a Meningioma A meningioma is the most common type of head tumor. It is not technically considered a brain tumor as it forms around the meninges, or the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. Most meningiomas are benign and may not require immediate treatment, but some cases can be aggressive and may require meningioma surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery and/or

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Are There Any Side Effects of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery?

Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a minimally invasive, non-surgical option for patients with certain conditions of the head, neck and brain. If you’re considering Gamma Knife radiosurgery as a treatment for your condition, you’re probably curious about the possible side effects. The below outlines the immediate and delayed side effects of Gamma Knife in detail.    How Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Works

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Gamma Knife Head Frame: What is It and Why is It Necessary?

As you are educating yourself about Gamma Knife radiosurgery, you may have come across the terms “head frame” or “halo.” The idea may seem a little intimidating, but the gamma knife head frame is actually a feature of Gamma Knife radiosurgery that allows your doctors to treat an area as precise as 0.15 mm – the width of just two

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What is the Difference Between Targeted and Whole Brain Radiation?

You are likely familiar with the idea of radiation therapy to treat brain tumors, but you may not be aware that there are different forms of radiation available. As you educate yourself about your treatment options, you may have come across the terms “whole brain radiation” and “targeted radiation.” It can be helpful to understand the differences between targeted and

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What Does My Facial Pain Mean and How Do I Treat It?

Facial pain can range from nagging to debilitating, but it’s nothing anyone should have to live with. The first step is to determine the source of your pain, then how to treat it. Unfortunately, some underlying causes to your facial pain can have similar presentations, and it may take multiple visits to determine the source of your pain. The following

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How to Determine the Best Gamma Knife Centers in the USA

If your doctor has recommended Gamma Knife radiosurgery for your condition, your next step is to determine where you will undergo treatment. If you’ve never had to choose a Gamma Knife center before, you might not have a good idea of what you are looking for. Don’t feel overwhelmed. The following information is going to help you understand what qualities

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Alternative Treatment Options for Brain Cancer

Learning you have brain cancer can be an emotional process. But taking the time to learn about your condition and treatment options is a powerful way to help reduce some of the stress you may be feeling. It can help you have a deeper understanding during future conversations with your doctor and as you work together to develop the treatment

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How to Relieve Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain at Home Without Surgery

There’s one thing that all patients with trigeminal neuralgia have in common: pain. Sadly, the pain can be so intense that the condition was historically referred to as the “suicide disease.” However, thanks to dedicated clinicians and researchers, doctors now understand the underlying cause and have developed methods to treat trigeminal neuralgia. You may already have a trigeminal neuralgia procedure

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What is the Success Rate for Gamma Knife Treatment?

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a condition of the brain or head, your doctor may have recommended a form of stereotactic radiosurgery, such as Gamma Knife, as a treatment option. If this is the case for your or a loved one, you are likely wondering what the Gamma Knife success rate is. The following will provide information on Gamma

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Choosing Gamma Knife Surgery Locations in NY/NJ

If your doctor has recommended Gamma Knife radiosurgery to treat your condition, one of your next steps will be finding a Gamma Knife treatment center in the tristate area. Even if you are still in the treatment planning phase, it can be helpful to understand more about your options. Educating yourself about your condition and treatment options is a powerful

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Pituitary Tumor Awareness: Symptoms and Treatments

Learning you have a brain tumor can be an overwhelming and emotional process. But stop and consider what you’re doing right now. You are taking the time to learn more about pituitary tumor awareness, including your condition and treatment options. You may not realize it, but self-education is a powerful way to develop confidence, set your mind at ease and

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Fatigue After Gamma Knife: What to Expect

Whether you already have your Gamma Knife radiosurgery scheduled or you are still in the treatment planning process, it can be helpful to understand what to expect afterward. This allows you to plan ahead and avoid being caught off guard by any surprises. Educating yourself about your condition and treatment options can help you know you’ve covered all your bases,

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Gamma Knife vs Radiation Therapy: Is There A Difference?

Learning you have a medical condition can be difficult enough. Trying to understand more about your condition and treatment options can become overwhelming, especially when terminology sounds similar. You may have encountered terms like radiation, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, whole-brain radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery. It can become confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. The following information will go in-depth

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Gamma Knife Treatment Side Effects: Headaches and Nausea

Understanding possible side effects is an important part of preparing for any medical procedure. Whether you and your doctor have already decided on Gamma Knife radiosurgery for your condition or you are still in the treatment planning process, it’s a great idea to educate yourself on all aspects of the treatment. You may not be familiar with Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

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Gamma Knife Side Effects for Treating a Brain Tumor

Finding out you have a brain tumor can be an emotional process, but learning more about your condition and treatment options can help alleviate some of the stress you may be feeling. Educating yourself can help you understand what to expect throughout the process, which in turn can help you have confidence as you move forward. One brain tumor treatment

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Gamma Knife Radiation Therapy Side Effects: Immediate vs. Delayed

Part of preparing for any medical procedure involves understanding the possible side effects that could occur afterward. Having an idea of what to expect can help eliminate some of the stress you may be feeling, letting you focus your energy elsewhere. The following information will explain the different side effects that can occur following Gamma Knife radiosurgery. In particular, it

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Gamma Knife Side Effects: Seizures

Has your doctor recommended Gamma Knife radiosurgery to treat your medical condition? Educating yourself about the procedure is a great way to play an active role in your care. One aspect that’s particularly important to understand is what to expect after treatment. This can help you prepare for any side effects that you may experience during your recovery, giving you

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The Benefits of Gamma Knife Icon Treatment

Has your doctor recommended Gamma Knife treatment for you or a loved one? Perhaps you have come across the term stereotactic radiosurgery in your research and would like to learn more. Gamma Knife can be an excellent treatment option for many conditions of the brain, head and neck. Read on to learn more about the procedure, treatable conditions and the

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