NWH Provides Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
...through advanced stereotactic radiosurgery with the Gamma Knife from Perfexion
Northern Westchester Hospital announced today that it has become the only facility between Manhattan and Syracuse, NY, to offer patients advanced head and neck cancer treatment using the latest and most advanced system for stereotactic radiosurgery. The Gamma Knife Perfexion is considered the gold standard for the non-invasive treatment of a variety of cancerous and benign neurological conditions, such as acoustic neuromas, arteriovenous malformations, gliomas, pituitary tumors and trigeminal neuralgia.
By eliminating a surgical incision, trauma to surrounding delicate brain tissue no longer occurs. The results of stereotactic radiosurgery treatment are typically so good that even highly experience neurosurgeons would be challenged to equal those results with open surgery,” said Alain C.J. de Lotbinière, M.D., C.M., FACS, FRCSC, Medical Director of the Gamma Knife Center at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, NY. “This highly precise, non-invasive procedure enables us to treat patients in one day, allowing the patient to return to regular activities the following day with fewer long-term complications.
The Gamma Knife technology is used to treat patients with brain tumors by applying beams of radiation that pass harmlessly through healthy tissue, but combine at a single concentrated point to destroy diseased tissue or brain tumors without a single incision. The well-established technology works by precisely concentrating 192 individual beams of radiation on a single disease site, while sparing healthy tissue. Each beam by itself is too weak to have an effect on its own and passes harmlessly through healthy tissue. When the beams are concentrated on a single location, their energy combines to destroy the diseased tissue. This is especially valuable for patients with inoperable brain tumors, as the beams of radiation can reach the tumor site and work together to destroy the tumor without invasive surgery.
Patients typically return home the same day and the treatment is non-invasive, silent, and painless. On average, 60,000 of these procedures are performed each year globally. Over 700,000 patients have been treated through Gamma Knife technology worldwide, and it continues to be one of the most highly researched radiosurgery devices with over 40 years of clinical use and more than 3,000 peer-reviewed clinical articles.
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