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Conditions Treated 

Radiosurgery can offer effective treatment of many conditions that are inoperable or untreatable with conventional therapy. Some of these conditions include:

Metastatic Brain Tumors

Rates of local control are high, even with ‘radio resistant’ tumors such as renal cell carcinoma. Response is often good even after conventional radiotherapy has failed, and multiple sites are easily and safely treated.

Primary Brain Tumors

Radiosurgery can provide local control of primary brain tumors, such as high-grade gliomas, medulloblastomas and ependymomas.

Extracranial Sites

The most exciting new application of radiosurgical technique is to tumors of the lung, liver, kidney, prostate, pancreas, and other organs. Physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Dallas are participating in national protocols for these new options.

Spinal Tumors

Using the advanced tracking system of the CyberKnife, metastatic and other lesions around – or even within – the spinal cord can be treated while minimizing the dose to the cord itself.

High-Risk Patients

Because radiosurgery is non-invasive, it can be offered to patients who are unable to undergo conventional surgery for medical reasons.

Meningiomas and Skull-Base Tumors

Radiosurgery can provide long lasting local control, especially for residual tumors that cannot be safely removed by surgery.

Pituitary Tumors

Radiosurgery can be effective for control of both tumor size and unwanted hormonal secretion.

Acoustic Neuromas

Control rates are high and risk to the facial nerve is low. Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs). Radiosurgery can be effective for obliterating small, deep seated AVMs not amenable to surgical resection.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Radiosurgery can be effective for relieving the facial pain of trigeminal neuralgia when other methods have failed or when surgery
is contraindicated for medical reasons.