• craniotomy and stereotactic radiation treatments

    Asked by katethegreat on Monday, January 28, 2013

    craniotomy and stereotactic radiation treatments

    * I will have a craniotomy (awake for part of it) in March to remove at least 50% of the tumor (right frontal lobe) please share any experiences you think may help me in preparing.

    * I will have stereotactic radiation treatments after the craniotomy to try to get the rest of the tumor - any experiences to share?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi Kate, I done a search in our experiences page, located at the top of the page www.whatnext.com/experiences for Steriotactic radiation and this is what comes back. You can clik on the link and read what several WhatNexters have to say about it. Maybe this will help some.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, you might want to check on the abta website for these answers. Examples of Steriotactic Radio Therapy (SRS) are gamma and/or cyber knife. Normally, a perfect candidate for SRS would be a tumor that is spherical (like a ball) that is 2.5 cm or less in size (about an inch), and a tumor that is not touching a vital/sensitive nerve (like an optic or hearing nerve). A craniotomy is the most common type of surgery to remove a brain tumor. Your scalp is numbed, and you are asleep. The brain itself does not "feel" pain, so it can be done while you are awake if the surgeon believes it is necessary to minimize any risk. The portion of the skull that is removed for the surgery is then replaced. That is the difference between a craniotomy and a craniectomy where the skull portion removed is not replaced. Hope this helps, Carm.

      over 3 years ago

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