Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy
Stereotactic radiosurgery refers to a specialized computer-directed treatment program that utilizes CT and MRI data to precisely focus multiple pencil-thin beams of radiation therapy anywhere inside the head, thereby maximizing exposure to abnormal structures and minimizing exposure to normal tissue. It has been shown to be effective in treating a number of benign and malignant conditions, especially metastatic tumors, acoustic neuromas, certain meningiomas, primary glial tumors, and arteriovenous malformations. It represents the single greatest advance in the treatment of brain tumors in the past 50 years.
Stereotactic radiosurgery has been considered revolutionary because:
- It is completely painless and has been called “scalpel-less and bloodless brain surgery,” eliminating the need for any surgical incision.
- It can be performed as an outpatient and in many cases is less expensive than conventional craniotomy.
- It requires no anesthesia and can be used safely in medically-compromised patients.
- It has been shown to be safe, effective, and in some cases, curative for a number of benign conditions and palliative for several malignant conditions. It can be repeated even in patients that have received previous external beam radiation treatments.
- It can be used to treat deep brain lesions previously considered inoperative.
The Peacock Radiosurgery System has been in operation at Appleton Medical Center over the past 14 months and is now one of the busiest radiosurgery centers in the state. Over that time period, 42 patients have undergone successful treatment, with an overall malignant tumor control rate of 82%. No new neurological deficits have occurred as a result of treatment. Treatment has included soft-tissue tumors of the neck and prostate, and computer software is being developed to allow for stereotactic treatment of essentially any organ of the body.
The program is the result of joint efforts of neurosurgery, radiation oncology, and neuroradiology. For any questions regarding this revolutionary treatment or to refer patients for consideration for treatment, please call Thomas M. Wascher, MD, FACS, of the NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin at (920) 882-8200 or (920) 730-7707 after hours. A full report on Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy is included in this mailing. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or for additional information.
For more information call 920-882-8200 or 1-888-231-5236