What is Gamma Knife Radiosurgery?

Category: Procedures

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Generic name: Radiation Therapy

Gamma Knife® surgery is a specific type of stereotactic radiosurgery that uses beams of highly-focused gamma rays to treat tumors, usually within the brain. Despite being called a "surgery", this procedure is a type of radiation therapy and does not any surgical incisions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Trigeminal neuralgia 6 3
Cerebral arteriovascular malformation 2 0
Meningioma 2 1
Acoustic neuroma 1 0
Brain lesions 1 0
Cerebral cavernous malformation 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
0
Mild
0
None
2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Side effect Patients
Hair loss 1
Nonepileptic seizures 1
Pain 1
Ringing in ears (tinnitus) 1
Toxic encephalopathy 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 3
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