Most patients get treated within 2 weeks
The Gamma Knife produces over 200 precise beams of low-dose radiation that all focus and intersect directly on the tumor, killing the tumor, yet keeping normal healthy brain tissue safe.
The head is fixed in a frame that keeps the brain stable and secure, setting up a GPS-like coordinate system that allows the doctors to target the tumor with sub-millimeter precision. The surgeon numbs up the areas where the frame is placed (much like a dentist numbs the gums) so there is little discomfort. Other treatments that do not use a head frame simply are not as accurate, and therefore more normal brain tissue is at risk.
Also, unlike other forms of treatment, it will only take us one day to treat these tumors and get patients back to their medical oncologist.
For this reason, we recommend that lung cancer patients have an MRI of their brain immediately upon diagnosis, before beginning chemotherapy. It is possible to have metastatic brain tumors without having symptoms. Gamma Knife of Spokane can treat these brain tumors and systemic treatment of the lung cancer can start as soon as the next day. However, once chemotherapy has begun, Gamma Knife treatment must wait.
You are in good hands at Gamma Knife of Spokane. As one of the top 10 Gamma Knife treatment centers in the country for the number of patients treated, no one in the region has more experience in treating brain tumors. No one. Over 60% of the patients we have treated at Gamma Knife of Spokane have come to us with brain metastases.
With Gamma Knife of Spokane, patients have access to a $5 million, 45,000 pound cancer-killing machine that can, in a few hours, deliver a dose of radiation that can stop the growth of most tumors or even eliminate tumors altogether.
In addition to our experience of over a decade treating patients, we have one of the most prolific clinical research departments in the country (7th of 130 centers). We are frequently asked to write book chapters for oncology textbooks. The national medical community considers us experts in the field of brain tumor research and treatment.
Deep brain stimulation research has identified an area of the brain (close to the VIM nucleus) through which electrical signals are transmitted that cause the hands of a patient to tremble or move uncontrollably. This target can be reached with a 4mm 'shot' of radiation from the Gamma Knife that will create scar tissue to prevent the transmission of this unwanted signal. Whether it is an Essential Tremor, Parkinson's Tremor or one associated with Multiple Sclerosis, the Gamma Knife has been effective in reducing the tremor or eliminating it altogether.
If you have been diagnosed with either Essential Tremor or Parkinson's Tremor, there is research and our own experience that indicates you may benefit from gamma knife treatment. Working closely with neurologists specializing in movement disorders, our center has seen results similar to the findings in research studies.
The content of this web site is for informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider. If you have a medical problem or a health-related question, consult your physician or call our center at 509.473.3800 for an appointment with one of our neurosurgeons.
Caring with precision
Treating brain tumors and other conditions in the brain requires absolute precision, because every bit of healthy tissue helps make you who you are. And nothing provides more precision than Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery, especially in the hands of a caring, superbly skilled and experienced team of neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists.
In fact, Gamma Knife of Spokane ranks in the top 10 Gamma Knife Centers in the U.S. for published clinical research and patient volumes.
It's YOUR brain. Call us at 1.800.927.5051 and we can help you determine whether Gamma Knife treatment is a helpful option for you.
Let us help you get on with living.