Nov 29, 2018
Roswell Park Marks Milestone for Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program
In November 1998, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center took a leap when it began to offer an emerging technology called Gamma Knife radiosurgery for many people with cancer and other disorders. Twenty years later, some 6,300 patients have been treated through this advanced and targeted approach — many of them from across the country and across the globe — and Roswell Park is an international leader and mentor in the most effective use of this advanced system. Dan Leksell, MD, the son of the neurosurgeon who invented radiosurgery and developed the first Gamma Knife device, traveled to Buffalo today from his home in Sweden to mark the 20th anniversary of the Roswell Park Gamma Knife Program.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a minimally invasive option for treating many brain tumors and conditions — including malignant and nonmalignant tumors; brain metastases, or cancer that spreads to the brain from other parts of the body; and noncancerous conditions like arteriovenous malformations, which can lead to stroke, facial pain and essential tremor.