IT Online: Advances in Neuro-oncology

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New developments in photon and proton therapy plus brachytherapy look to improve the effectiveness of treatment for brain tumors

The preferred radiation therapy technique for brain tumor cases is usually stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) because it targets cancers with millimetric precision, largely avoiding the cognitive side effects of WBRT. It also only requires a single treatment of high-dose radiation, so the patient does not have to make multiple trips to the cancer center for treatment. “Instead of treating the whole brain with radiation, we can use Gamma Knife radiosurgery to treat each lesion we can see,” Gondi said.

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