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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
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PATIENT PERSPECTIVE

Overview

Gamma Knife Surgery is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to treat a variety of conditions of the brain. Some of these include brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations and trigeminal neuralgia. Treatment is delivered through 201 low dose rays of Cobalt-60 radiation, which all converge on the targeted area. The point at which they converge becomes a highly concentrated site of radiation. The dose surrounding the target is low, minimizing damage to healthy brain tissue. Treatment doses and location are determined by the neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist and medical physicist. All of these people are specially trained to work with the Gamma Knife unit.

You may be referred to our GKS centre by any of your doctors, or you may contact us yourself (see contact and referral information).

Our staff will review your medical information and review the treatment options with you. This may be done during an appointment at our clinic, or by long distance communications including telephone, e-mail, fax and telemedicine.

If GKS is selected as your preferred treatment option, our patient coordinators will help with scheduling your procedure. This will include a pre-GKS clinic appointment with the neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist and GK nurse, as well as travel and accommodation arrangements if required.


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