Radiation is a well-established method to treat the brain tumors, both when starting in the brain (primary brain tumors) or when tumors beginning in the body spread to the brain (metastatic or secondary brain tumors). Piedmont providers offer a full compliment/portfolio of state-of-the-art radiation, which can be delivered using several techniques, various doses, and various number of treatment sessions.
Single-fraction (one day treatment) Radiosurgery - A single high-dose of radiation is delivered to the tumor by converging multiple beams or arcs of radiation accurately on the target located within the body, usually the brain. In this manner a dose adequate to kill the tumor can be delivered to the tumor with only minimal spillover of radiation to surrounding normal tissue. Both the Gamma Knife and the Linear Accelerator can be used for this technique. The treatment is completed in a single session and patients return to their lives immediately afterwards.
GammaKnife® - Gamma Knife® surgery is a well-established method to treat selected targets in the brain. It is not a knife in the normal sense of the word. The doctor makes no incisions in your head. Instead, very precisely focused beams of radiation are directed to the treatment area in the brain. Gamma Knife surgery offers a safe and effective treatment for more than 40,000 patients every year. The treatment procedure is simple, painless and straightforward. Learn More
Rapid Arc Accelerator - Reduces overall daily treatment time by utilizing a state of the art technology by which radiation is delivered through moving arcs. This technique uses image-guided real-time CT scans (computerized tomography) to enhance accuracy. This technique allows for better verification of the location of the tumor. This is traditionally delivered over 3-5 treatment days. Learn more about Rapid Arc Accelerator.
Fractionated (several day treatment) Stereotactic Radiosurgery - Uses a lower daily dose of radiation delivered over more days to eradicate tumors while sparing normal surrounding tissue. Several radiation beams are arranged precisely to the shape of the area (conformal plan). This technique can be used for skull based tumors at a fractionated dose while protecting highly sensitive tissue surrounding the tumor.
IMRT - Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy - During treatment, the intensity of the radiation can be changed to avoid injury to adjoining normal tissue and to deliver an increased dose of radiation to the tumor. IMRT also uses image-guided real-time CT scans (computerized tomography) to enhance accuracy. This is traditionally delivered over 20-30 treatments. Learn more about IMRT.
Piedmont Brain Tumor Center specialists are committed to sponsoring a diverse portfolio of clinical trials to meet the needs of patients across their lifetime. Please visit our clinical trials page or contact Michelle Humphreys at 404.425.7943 or Franca Cenciarelli at 404.425.7927.
Patients and referring providers are also encouraged to use other essential resources, including our weekly interdisciplinary brain tumor board, navigator Freda Wall and the Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness Center.
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