While primary brain tumor is not among the more common types of cancers diagnosed in Malaysia, it is nevertheless a growing concern as we’re seeing more people seeking treatment for brain cancer today.
And far more are likely to develop metastatic brain tumors, those that begin as cancer elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain. Although physicians face a number of challenges in treating these tumors, the good news is that advances in technology and new therapies are improving patient outcomes.
Improvements in imaging technology over the last several years have provided valuable tools for neurosurgeons in the treatment of brain tumors. A significant advance in surgical treatment of brain tumors has been the development of intraoperative MRI scanners. This allows a surgeon to perform a tumor resection, and then, post resection, perform a set of MR imaging directly in the operating room. If this MR imaging shows residual tumor, the surgeon has an opportunity to perform a further resection prior to completing the surgical operation.
More recently, the medical world celebrated the 20th anniversary of CyberKnife technology which significantly change the way in which patients with brain tumors are treated.
The CyberKnife has been one of the revolutionary advancements in the field of neurosurgery over the last two decades. This technology has been used to treat patients with tumors that are considered surgically inaccessible.
In additional patients, the CyberKnife has provided an alternative non-invasive option to surgery, increasing the choice that our patients have for treatment. The CyberKnife treatments are non-invasive, completely outpatient, and are not associated with any downtime.
Advantages of CyberKnife
The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System improves on other radiosurgery techniques by eliminating the need for stereotactic frames. As a result, the CyberKnife System enables doctors to achieve a high level of accuracy in a non-invasive manner and allows patients to be treated on an outpatient basis.
The CyberKnife System can pinpoint a tumor’s exact location in real time using X-ray images taken during the brain cancer treatment that reference the unique bony structures of a patient’s head. The CyberKnife System has a strong record of proven clinical effectiveness and can be used either on a stand–alone basis or in combination with other brain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, surgery or whole brain radiation therapy.
Unlike other radiosurgery systems – the CyberKnife System does not require patients to be fitted with a rigid and invasive head frame. Moreover Cyberknife System can treat tumor anywhere in the body, including the head, spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas with real time image guidance and organ movement detection.
Hence, this improves accuracy and can target the tumors with minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. It offers new hope to patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors. At Beacon, the CyberKnife treatment involves a team approach, in which several specialists participate in the treatment process.
After completing CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment, it is important that the patient schedule and attend follow-up appointments. Doctors will want to monitor the outcome in the months and years following a patient’s treatment, often using either CT scans and/or PET-CT.
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