“Well look at you, two hours ago you had a malignant brain tumor, now you have none and there is no difference from looking at you!” And it was true – the treatment was as benign as drinking a glass of cool water.”
Brain tumors may be treated with radiosurgery (Gamma Knife), surgery, whole brain radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Depending on the patient’s needs, a combination of methods may be used. Patients may be referred to doctors who specialize in different kinds of treatment and work together as a team.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR YOUR GAMMA KNIFE TREATMENT
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is usually a one-time therapy completed in a single day. Most patients can return to activity after 24 hours.
The procedure may take less than an hour to about four hours, depending on the size and shape of the target. During the procedure:
- You won’t feel the radiation
- You won’t hear any noise from the machine
- You’ll be able to talk with the doctors via a microphone
- You can listen to music during the treatment
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is an outpatient procedure, but the entire process can take most of a day. You may be advised to have a family member or friend who can be with you during the day and who can take you home.