Brain cancer is an overgrowth of cells in your brain that forms masses called tumors. Cancerous, or malignant, brain tumors tend to grow very quickly. They disrupt the way your body works, and this can be life-threatening. However, these days survival rates of patients suffering from Brain cancer has been increased significantly compared to the previous years.
A brief overview of the Gamma Knife®, the types of conditions it treats and the treatment process, are explained.
Two operations, called craniotomy and craniectomy, in which the skull is opened to access the brain, are depicted, including the normal anatomy of the skull and tissues surrounding the brain, arteries and veins. The common reasons for these procedures, and what intracranial pressure is, along with the main surgical steps in these procedures is explained.
Treatment for a brain tumor differs depending on several factors:
Treatment of brain cancer is usually complex. Most treatment plans involve several consulting doctors. The team of doctors includes neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, and, of course, your primary health care provider. Your team may also include a dietitian, a social worker, a physical therapist, and, possibly, other specialists such as a neurologist. The most widely determined treatments are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy which are planned according to the results of tests such as blood test or brain MRI to reach the best result in the minimum possible time.