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Gamma Knife is an advanced form of radiation therapy that treats brain tumors and other complex conditions with surgical precision. It aims hundreds of targeted radiation beams at tumors, delivering high-dose treatment with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.
Despite its name, Gamma Knife treatments are non-invasive and require no incision. Instead, highly focused radiation beams are aimed at the treatment area. This tight-to-the-tumor precision minimizes potential damage to surrounding tissue. Gamma Knife treatment is often performed in a single outpatient session.
It can be used to treat several conditions, including:
Gamma Knife offers several advantages, including:
Available at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, Gamma Knife precisely treats brain tumors and other complex conditions while sparing nearby healthy tissue.
A team of experts develops a personalized plan based on your condition and unique needs. Imaging tools like CT and MRI scans are used to precisely target the treatment area.
A head frame helps you remain still during radiation delivery, and the table you’re positioned on adjusts to the treatment area. You’ll be awake and able to talk to your care team, who monitors you continuously. Depending on your condition, treatment can last from a few minutes to several hours.
Gamma Knife often requires only one outpatient treatment session. You’ll likely be released after a few hours and can resume regular activities the same day.
Temporary side effects may include headache, fatigue, hair loss in the treatment area or skin changes like redness, itching and peeling. Side effects usually go away a few months after treatment, but it’s possible they’ll become severe or won’t improve. Late side effects can appear months or years after treatment and vary by the area treated and radiation dose. Talk with your care team about potential side effects and ways to manage them.
Mercy cancer patient Karl Jett shares his brain tumor treatment experience with Gamma Knife targeted radiation therapy.
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