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How Does Gamma Knife Radiation Compare to Other Types of Radiation?

Gamma Knife radiation is one of the most technologically advanced treatment methods for brain tumors and other brain abnormalities today, but many people don’t know about it. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor or abnormality, you’re probably overwhelmed. Getting any diagnosis is scary, and facing your treatment options can be very stressful. When it comes to treatment,

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Acoustic Neuroma Scar: What to Expect

You’ve been having some dizziness lately and, you feel like your hearing is blunted. You make an appointment with your physician and, after some tests, you’re diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma. That means you might have to undergo some type of acoustic neuroma surgery.  What is an acoustic neuroma? What are the treatment options? What does recovery look like? Will your hearing be

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Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery: A Complete Guide

Vestibular schwannoma surgery has a 78.2% to 86.9% success rate. It’s amazing how far the techniques for removing an acoustic neuroma have come. And, depending on the size and location of yours, you may be eligible to get surgery for your vestibular schwannoma. A vestibular schwannoma, also known as an acoustic neuroma, can cause a myriad of symptoms in the patients that

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What Is the Best Treatment for Pituitary Tumors?

You’ve been feeling a little more tired than usual and, your vision has been going blurry. You drag yourself to the doctor’s office for a check-up and, they do a blood test. It comes back that you have elevated hormones, so the doctor orders an MRI. There’s a tiny lump attached to your pituitary gland. You have a pituitary tumor.

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Why You Should Try This Acoustic Neuroma Treatment

Did you know that approximately 20 million Americans suffer from chronic tinnitus? Out of those 20 million, 2 million have extreme cases that substantially impact their quality of life. Chronic tinnitus is both severely uncomfortable and disheartening.  If you suffer from chronic tinnitus, you already know that the ringing and buzzing in your ears can be a debilitating condition. Nobody wants to listen to a noise that never

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Microvascular Decompression (MVD): Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Overview of Microvascular Decompression Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a surgical procedure designed to treat trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and other neurovascular compression syndromes. These conditions are often the result of abnormal compression of a cranial nerve. Trigeminal neuralgia is the one of the worst pain conditions around. It is often mistakenly diagnosed as a tooth problem as it

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Effective Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment Without Surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, surgery might not be the only option for treatment. It can be difficult to live every day of your life in pain. But the good news is that you have various options other than surgical procedures like Microvascular Decompression (MVD) to treat this painful condition. We will talk

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

Drs. D’Ambrosio and DeYoung in the Valley Gamma Knife ICON suite positioning a patient 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

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Gamma Knife Radiation vs Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Learning about your treatment options available in NJ can be like learning a new language. However, the differences between stereotactic radiosurgery vs. Gamma Knife doesn’t have to be confusing. Learning More About Your Options Educating yourself about the treatment options available in northern NJ is a great idea. It will aid you in your conversations with your doctor. It will

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How Winter’s Chill Can Make Facial Pain Worse

Winter is back – and if you have trigeminal neuralgia, your facial pain may have returned or flared up, too. Cold air or wind can be one of the causes of trigeminal neuralgia’s excruciating facial sensations – making winter an especially painful season for many patients. What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that causes chronic pain in

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How To Choose a Treatment Option for Brain Metastases

Receiving a diagnosis of any type can be scary, but when the disease spreads to other parts of your body, having access to the most advanced treatments available is crucial. Brian metastases are lesions that develop when cancer from another part of the body, such as the lung, breast and colon, spreads to the brain. Advancements in medicine mean having

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What Radiation Is Used in Gamma Knife Radiation?

Medical professionals use several types of radiation in medical testing and treatment. X-rays, gamma rays, and other forms of ionizing radiation are used to diagnose and treat various medical conditions. This can be radiation that penetrates from outside the body, or radioactive particles that are ingested or inserted into the body. Imaging tests, such as x-rays, CT scans, and nuclear

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Non-Invasive Treatment Methods for Brain Metastases

Brain metastases are a condition that can be a very scary and uncertain diagnosis for a patient and their loved ones. If you or someone you care about has recently been diagnosed, understand that the medical community has new and effective treatment methods for brain metastases available. With advanced medical attention, people with brain metastases can survive longer and enjoy

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When Should You Consider Gamma Knife Treatment Therapy?

Medical science continues to evolve at a rapid pace, often making treatments that were common several decades ago obsolete. Other procedures have advanced and become more effective. Gamma Knife treatment therapy is one of them. Gamma Knife is a form of stereotactic radiosurgery, a technique developed to treat deep brain tumors. Now, stereotactic radiosurgery is commonly used to treat multiple

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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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