Brain tumors are masses of cells in the brain or spine. There are many types of brain tumors, some of the most common are meningiomas, glioblastomas, and pituitary adenomas. Brain tumors may be cancerous or benign (non-cancerous). Over 680,000 people are diagnosed with brain tumors in the U.S. each year.
What are brain tumors?
Brain tumors are masses of tissue that grow in the brain or spinal cord. There are over 120 different types of brain tumors and each person’s experience is unique. Primary brain tumors start in the brain, but metastatic tumors spread to the brain from other organs or body parts.
What are the symptoms of brain tumors?
The symptoms of brain tumors may depend on where in the brain they are located. Frequent symptoms might include:
- Changes in personality
- Confusion or difficulty speaking
- Short-term memory loss
- Vision issues
Gamma Knife® treatment for brain tumors
Gamma Knife technology provides a noninvasive treatment option for some patients diagnosed with brain tumors. Gamma Knife treatment damages the tumor’s cells in a way that inhibits their ability to reproduce. The tumor’s cells eventually die, and the tumor may gradually shrink. Gamma Knife may provide an option for some patients whose tumors have been previously considered inoperable. It can also be a part of a treatment plan that includes other surgeries or medical therapies.
What are the side effects of Gamma Knife treatment for brain tumors?
Following treatment, some patients experience mild side effects including fatigue, headache or nausea. These side effects usually clear up in one or two days.