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Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview
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Brain Tumors: St. Louis CyberKnife Treatment Overview

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A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or the central spinal canal that can be cancerous or benign. Learn more about brain tumors and how St. Louis CyberKnife's noninvasive …

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or the central spinal canal that can be cancerous or benign. Learn more about brain tumors and how St. Louis CyberKnife's noninvasive treatment may work for you.

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  • 1. !1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 2. 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.  1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 3. 1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 4. 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<c   (origina;ng  in  another  part  of  the  body   and  spreading  to  the  brain).  1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 5. What  are  symptoms  of  a  brain  tumor?   •  Headaches   •  An  impaired  sense  of  touch,  hearing,   •  Vomi;ng   vision  or  smell   •  Vision  problems     •  Personality  or  emo;onal  changes   •  Altered  states  of  consciousness   •  Weakness  on  one  side  of  the  body  or   •  Impaired  judgment   facial  paralysis   •  Speech  and  language  impairment   •  Memory  loss   •  Lack  of  recogni;on     •  Abnormal  fa;gue   •  Tremors  or  epilep;c  seizures   •  Spa;al  orienta;on  disorders                1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 6. What  types  of  brain  tumors  exist?   •  Acous<c  Neuroma:  A  benign,  slow-­‐growing  tumor  type,  acous;c  neuromas  affect  the   seventh  and  eighth  cranial  nerves  in  a  part  of  the  brain  known  as  the  cerebellar-­‐pon;ne   angle.     •  Brain  Metastases:  A  brain  metastasis  is  a  brain  tumor  that  develops  from  cancer  cells   that  spread  from  another  cancerous  tumor  in  the  body,  usually  through  the  bloodstream.       •  Glioma:  A  glioma  is  a  class  of  tumor  that  develops  from  glial  cells  in  the  brain  that   support  and  protect  neurons.  Astrocytes,  ependymal,  and  oligodendroglial  cells  are  all   examples  of  glial  cells.  Includes:  Astrocytoma,  Glioblastoma  Mul;forme,  Glioma,   Oligodendroglioma.     •  Meningioma:  A  benign  tumor  located  on  the  brain  surface  rather  than  within  brain   ;ssue.       •  Pituitary  Adenoma:  Located  at  the  base  of  the  skull,  the  pituitary  gland  serves  as  the   body’s  control  center  for  hormones.  Pituitary  adenomas  are  slow-­‐growing,  benign   tumors  within  the  gland.  1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 7. 1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 8. 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  doesn’t  use  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;ent’s  skull  with  screws  that  immobilizes  the  head  to  accurately  target  the  tumor.    1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 9. Consulta<on  and  Pretreatment  Procedures   The  St.  Louis  CyberKnife  physicians,  therapists  and  nurses  are  focused  on  your  individualized   treatment  plan  to  determine  whether  CyberKnife  is  right  for  you:     •  You  will  meet  with  a  St.  Louis  CyberKnife  radia;on  oncologist  to  decide  if  CyberKnife   treatment  is  appropriate  for  your  diagnosis.       •  Your  CyberKnife  team  will  decide  which  pretreatment  procedures  you  may  need  to  help   develop  your  treatment  plan.  These  could  include  a  CT  scan,  an  MRI,  laboratory  studies,  or   ;ssue  markers.       •  The  data  from  your  pretreatment  procedures  will  be  used  by  the  CyberKnife  team  to   determine  the  exact  size,  shape  and  loca;on  of  your  tumor.   •  This  informa;on  will  indicate  the  size  of  the  area  being  treated  with  radia;on,  the  radia;on   dose  and  cri;cal  structures  where  radia;on  exposure  should  be  minimized.    1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 10. CyberKnife  Treatment   Typically,  treatment  is  completed  in  one  session,   but  could  take  up  to  five  sessions  depending  on  the   individual  diagnosis.  On  the  day  of  your  treatment:       1.  A  therapist  will  help  you  onto  the  treatment   table  and  fit  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  CyberKnife’s  advanced  tracking   system  accounts  for  movements  like  breathing,   FOR  YOUR  INFORMATION   •  Treatment  procedures  take  about  30  –  90   you’re  asked  to  lie  s;ll  during  treatments.  The   minutes,  depending  on  the  complexity  of  your   system  periodically  takes  x-­‐ray  images  and   tumor.   compares  them  to  the  CT  scan  data  to  check   •  Pa;ents  are  asked  to  wear  comfortable  clothing   that  the  radia;on  beam  is  locked  on  the  tumor.   during  CyberKnife  treatments.  Jewelry  is   acceptable  unless  it  is  close  to  the  area  being   treated.   3.  Pa;ents  can  usually  go  right  back  to  their   •  Feel  free  to  bring  an  iPod®  or  your  favorite   normal  rou;nes  once  the  treatment  is   music  CDs  with  you  on  the  day  of  your   complete.   treatment,  and  we  will  play  them  for  you  during   the  procedure.  1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 11. Addi<onal  Resources  1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com
  • 12. Our Center St.  Louis  CyberKnife  is  a  service  of  SSM  Cancer  Care,  which  is  accredited  by  the   American  College  of  Surgeons’  Commission  on  Cancer  for  its  comprehensive  cancer   program.  Our  doctors  are  board-­‐cer;fied  in  radia;on  oncology  and  have  several  areas   of  specialty,  including  head  and  neck  cancers  and  prostate,  lung  and  breast  cancers.   Our  CyberKnife  nurse  navigator  is  an  integral  part  of  our  pa;ent  care  approach,   providing  clinical  support  and  care  coordina;on  for  our  pa;ents  and  their  families.       View a list of our radiation oncologists. Connect  with  us       Our  Staff:   CyberKnife  Nurse  Navigator:  Vicki  HartneT,  RN  OCN   Site  Administrator:  Jennifer  Moore,  RN  BSN  OCN   Physicist:  Dr.  Mark  Pohlman,  PhD  DABR   Dosimetrist:  Insoo  Moon   CyberKnife  Therapist:  Susan  Barnhart,  RTT   CyberKnife  Therapist:  Ryan  Menke,  RTT   Opera<ons  Coordinator:  Andy  Law  1011 Bowles Ave. Suite G-50 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 496-4660 www.stlouiscyberknife.com

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