Am I a Candidate?
Brain tumors and vascular disorders account for the majority of radiosurgical patients today. Novalis and Gamma Knife radiosurgery are also good options for treating trigeminal neuralgia.
The Novalis and Gamma Knife treatments are 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.
Radiosurgery 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)
Radiosurgery 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 Radiosurgery Treatment?
If you would like your case to be reviewed by our team, please call the radiosurgery center at 914.242.8113.
Most patients who come to Northern Westchester Hospital for radiosurgery treatment, have a diagnosed intracranial or head and neck condition. The majority of patients are usually referred to one of our radiosurgery center team members for evaluation, but we also welcome self-referrals for evaluation by our team. At Northern Westchester Hospital, Novalis and Gamma Knife treatment s areperformed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists including a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, physicist, and specially trained nursing staff.