Although often benign histologically, a meningioma can have a malignant course, particularly when complete resection surgery is not feasible or caries too great a risk.
Gamma Knife treatment for meningiomas often produces results that compare quite favorably with conventional surgery for appropriate lesions. While surgery results in partial or total removal of the meningioma, successful gamma knife treatment leads to stabilization of meningioma size and, in some case, shrinkage.
Complications of the Gamma Knife treatment for meningiomas are, in part, related to tumor location and radiation dose and should be considered on an individual basis. Previously unoperated tumors over the surface of the brain may lead to delayed swelling. For this reason, we believe that meningioma surgery is the treatment of choice.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery may be the preferred treatment of certain tumors of the skull base and can be used to treat tumor remnants on venous sinuses and other critical structures, focal recurrences, and suitable small lesions in their entirety.
To schedule an evaluation with a Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center specialist to determine if Gamma Knife radiosurgery is an option for you, please call our Appointment Center at 216.636.5860 or toll-free at 866.588.2264.