The Stereotactic Radiosurgery Center at Northern Westchester Hospital offers a range of leading-edge, non-invasive cancer treatments. We're proud to bring the Novalis® Radiosurgery Program to the Hudson Valley, making it easier for you to access world-class cancer care close to home.
Call us at 914.242.8113 to schedule a consultation with our radiosurgery team.
What is Novalis Radiosurgery?
Novalis Radiosurgery is an innovative, state-of-the-art program that uses sophisticated image guidance technologies to deliver high doses of radiation deep inside cancerous tumors, without affecting surrounding healthy tissue.
Using this advanced system, your treatment team can access detailed information about the exact size, density, and position of your tumor—both before and during your treatment. This makes targeting the entire tumor possible while protecting the surrounding tissue from damage during radiation.
The Novalis system includes a patient bed that is remotely adjusted and monitored, which ensures a fast and accurate treatment delivery, eliminating the need for you to be re-positioned during the procedure. This helps to improve your comfort. Also, integrated motion, and breathing monitors adapt the treatment to your breathing rate and subtle body movements to keep you safe throughout the procedure.
Advantages of Novalis Radiosurgery
Novalis radiosurgery allows your neurosurgeon to direct a narrow, concentrated beam of radiation at the tumor, even if the tumor is irregularly-shaped. The intensity of the radiation beam can even be adjusted during the treatment when indicated, making this one of the most technologically-advanced treatment options available worldwide.
Novalis radiosurgery offers a number of distinct advantages over other types of surgical and radiation treatments::
- Comfortable, pain-free treatments that take as little as 20 minutes per session
- Because there are no incisions, radiosurgery eliminates the risk of infections and bleeding that can occur during traditional, open surgery
- Patients require only local anesthesia rather than general anesthetic
- Novalis radiosurgery is an FDA-approved treatment option for patients with inoperable tumors
Another distinct advantage of Novalis radiosurgery in preserving healthy tissue is that radiation can be delivered in controlled doses over several treatment sessions (known as "fractionated doses" or "fractionated radiation"), rather than a single dose.
Am I A Candidate?
Here at Northern Westchester Hospital, our world-class surgeons are using Novalis Radiosurgery to treat cancerous and non-cancerous conditions throughout the body, including:
- Cancer that has originated in, or metastasized to the brain
- Cancerous tumors in the liver, lung, and breast
- Spinal tumors
- Prostate cancer
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Acoustic neuromas
As this technology evolves, we're finding new, ground-breaking ways to use the Novalis Radiosurgery Program to provide effective, targeted treatments to our patients.
Potential Side Effects
Side effects from this procedure are rare, although some patients do experience temporary headaches, dizziness, and/or fatigue right after their treatment - these symptoms usually disappear within a few hours. We recommend that you arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home if you are having Novalis Radiosurgery on an outpatient basis.
To learn more about how we're transforming cancer care here at Northern Westchester Hospital with ground-breaking technologies like the Novalis Radiosurgery Program, contact us at 914.242.8113.