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  • 529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 217-8200

  • A brain tumor diagnosis can be scary. Learn more about brain tumors and how we can help. Please note: We encourage consumers to thoroughly review and understand all treatment op8ons. The informa8on presented here is not all-inclusive. Rather, it represents a star8ng point to learn more about medical condi8ons and treatment op8ons. There is no subs,tute for consul,ng a medical professional.

    529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 217-8200

  • 529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 217-8200

  • What is a brain tumor?

    A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or the central spinal canal that can be cancerous or benign. Brain tumors, even malignant ones, are not necessarily fatal. However, any brain tumor should be considered a serious health condi;on. Brain tumors can be primary (origina;ng in the brain or spinal cord) or metasta

  • Headaches Vomi;ng Vision problems Altered states of consciousness Impaired judgment Memory loss Lack of recogni;on Spa;al orienta;on disorders

    An impaired sense of touch, hearing, vision or smell

    Personality or emo;onal changes Weakness on one side of the body or

    facial paralysis Speech and language impairment Abnormal fa;gue Tremors or epilep;c seizures

    What are symptoms of a brain tumor?

    529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 217-8200

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  • 529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 217-8200

  • How does CyberKnife treat brain tumors? CyberKnife has the ability to treat acous;c neuromas, brain metastases, gliomas, meningiomas and pituitary adenomas with stereotac;c radiosurgery. The treatment process includes: I. Consulta;on appointment II. Pretreatment procedures III. CyberKnife treatment IV. Follow-up

    Unlike some radiosurgery systems, the CyberKnife doesnt need an invasive head frame. Other radiosurgery systems are capable of high-dose radia;on treatment with a variety of radia;on sources. However, some use a metal frame aTached to the pa;ents skull with screws that immobilize the head to accurately target the tumor.

    529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 217-8200

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  • CyberKnife Treatment Typically treatment is completed in one session, but could take up to ve sessions depending on the individual diagnosis. On the day of your treatment: 1. A therapist will help you onto the treatment

    table and t the mask or body mold if needed. Pa;ents are observed throughout the treatment on closed-circuit television, and they can pause treatment at any ;me by waving or speaking to the technicians.

    2. While the CyberKnifes advanced tracking system accounts for movements like breathing, youre asked to lie s;ll during treatments. The system periodically takes x-ray images and compares them to the CT scan data to make sure the radia;on beam is locked on the tumor.

    3. Pa;ents can usually go right back to their normal rou;nes once the treatment is complete.

    FOR YOUR INFORMATION Treatment procedures take about 30 90

    minutes, depending on the complexity of your tumor.

    Pa;ents are asked to wear comfortable clothing during CyberKnife treatments. Jewelry is acceptable unless it is close to the area being treated.

    Feel free to bring an iPod or your favorite music CDs with you on the day of your treatment, and we will play them for you during the procedure.

    529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 217-8200

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  • Our Center Louisville CyberKnife is part of the renowned James Graham Brown Cancer Center, home of the rst na;onally accredited radia;on oncology program in Louisville. Our center brings together experienced physicians and the latest medical advances to provide pa;ents with excep;onal care. Our center u;lizes the CyberKnife 9.6 system, which features a device that controls the width of the machines radia;on beam, allowing clinicians to vary the beam size and treat a larger variety of tumors throughout the body.

    Medical Director: Shiao Woo, M.D., M.B.B.S. F.A.C.R. Radia