Am I a Candidate?
Brain tumors and vascular disorders account for the majority of radiosurgical patients today. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is also a good option for treating trigeminal neuralgia.
The Gamma Knife is highly effective in controlling tumor growth and hemorrhaging from vascular malformations. The Gamma Knife targets lesions so precisely, that the risk of harming healthy tissue is minimized.
The Gamma Knife Perfexion has proven effective for patients with a variety of different conditions including:
- Metastatic brain tumors from a variety of primary cancers such as breast, lung, colon, kidney, and skin cancer
- Benign brain tumors such as meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, or pituitary adenomas
- Malignant primary brain tumors such as high grade glial or glomus tumors
- Vascular malformations in the brain such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) or cavernous malformations
- Functional diseases of the brain such as trigeminal neuralgia facial pain (tic douloureux)
Gamma Knife treatment may also be recommended if a patient:
- Has a condition that is surgically inaccessible or if surgery was deemed inadvisable
- Has other health risk factors (co-morbidities) that may make surgery and general anesthesia inadvisable
- Is still in need of additional treatment (after other treatment methods)
- Needs treatment for recurrence or regrowth of disease or for residual disease
- Does not wish to undergo a surgical procedure
Your medical history, along with imaging studies, and information provide by your physician will be reviewed by a team of specialists to determine if the Gamma Knife treatment is your best option. If it's not appropriate, we'll suggest an alternate treatment.
How Can I Be Evaluated for Gamma Knife Treatment?
If you would like your case to be reviewed by our team, please call the Gamma Knife Center at 914.242.8113.
Most patients who come to Northern Westchester Hospital for Gamma Knife treatment, have a diagnosed intracranial or head and neck condition. The majority of patients are usually referred to one of our Gamma Knife treatment team members or to the Gamma Knife Center itself for evaluation, but we also welcome self-referrals for evaluation by our team. At Northern Westchester Hospital, Gamma Knife treatment is performed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists including a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, physicist, and specially trained nursing staff. We review each potential patient at our Gamma Knife Case Conference to ensure the patient is an appropriate case for Gamma Knife treatment.