ELEKTA B : Elekta European Users’ Conference Attracts Top Minds in Cancer Management

Elekta users from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North America and Africa converged on Hotel Hohe Düne in Warnemünde, Germany June 16-19 to participate in Elekta?s fifth European Users? Conference. Approximately 390 clinicians and scientists attended 31 presentations and workshops given by Elekta users and company representatives on a wide range of cancer management topics. The Users? Conference was preceded by the Elekta Stereotactic Users? Meeting, June 15-16

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AIIMS gets new gamma knife after 14 years

Keeping up with advancements in technology, the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here has replaced its existing gamma knife with the new gamma knife perfexion for treatment of brain disorders.

“The Rs. 28 crore machine is already in use and has increased the department's capacity to treat patients. It has replaced the department's 14-year-old gamma knife. The gamma knife technique is consistently regarded as the best non-invasive treatment for brain disorders,” said AIIMS Head of the Neurosurgery Department Dr. A.K. Mahapatra.

“The Neurosurgery Department has treated 51 patients with the new gamma knife perfexion machine in only six weeks since it was installed in June. The first gamma knife Model B machine was installed at the Institute in April 1997,” he added. Gamma knife treatment involves delivering a single, high dose of radiation to a small and critically located target in the brain. It is a fully automated, push-button approach to operations that translates into dramatic savings in time. Perfexion, the latest state-of-the-art machine to perform this surgery, dramatically streamlines workflow and radically expands the reach of treatment to cover a wider range of anatomical structures.

“The new technology promises less trauma, faster recovery, shorter hospital stays and fewer surgery-related complications. Also patients can get back to work and normal life faster compared to convalescence with open surgery. For each patient the cost of treatment remains the same as with the old machine – Rs. 75,000 – which is a third of what it would cost in a private hospital,” said Dr. Mahapatra.

Source : The Hindu

Venous Angioplasty Therapy on neck veins

“Unnecessary risks are being taken by patients seeking the liberation treatment.” says Dr. Avneesh Gupte of the CCSVI Clinic. “It has been our contention since we started doing minimally invasive venous angioplasties nearly 6 years ago that discharging patients who have had neck vein surgery on an outpatient basis is contra-indicated. We have been keeping patients hospitalized for a week to 10 days as a matter of safety and monitoring them for symptoms. Nobody who has the liberation therapy gets discharged earlier than that. During that time we do daily Doppler Ultrasounds, blood work and blood pressure monitoring among other testing. This has been the safe practice standard that we have adopted and this post-procedure monitoring over 10 days is the subject of our recent study as it relates to CCSVI for MS patients.”

Although the venous angioplasty therapy on neck veins has been done for MS patients at CCSVI Clinic only for the last 18 months it has been performed on narrow or occluded neck veins for other reasons for many years. “Where we encounter blocked neck veins resulting in a reflux of blood to the brain, we treat it as a disease,” says Gupte. “It’s not normal pathology and we have seen improved health outcomes for patients where we have relieved the condition with minimal occurrences of re-stenosis long-term. We believe that our record of safety and success is due to our post-procedure protocol because we have had to take patients back to the OR to re-treat them in that 10-day period. Otherwise some people could have run into trouble, no question.”

Calgary MS patient Maralyn Clarke died recently after being treated for CCSVI at Synergy Health Concepts of Newport Beach, California on an outpatient basis. Synergy Health Concepts discharges patients as a rule without in-clinic provisions for follow up and aftercare. Post-procedure, Mrs. Clarke was discharged, checked into a hotel, and suffered a massive bleed in the brain only hours after the procedure. Dr. Joseph Hewett of Synergy Health recently made a cross-Canada tour promoting his clinic for safe, effective treatment of CCSVI for MS patients at public forums in major Canadian cities including Calgary.

“That just couldn’t happen here, but the sooner we develop written standards and best practices for the liberation procedure and observe them in practice, the safer the MS community will be”, says Dr. Gupte. “The way it is now is just madness. Everyone seems to be taking shortcuts. We know that it is expensive to keep patients in a clinical setting over a single night much less 10 days, but it’s quite absurd to release them the same day they have the procedure. We have always believed it to be unsafe and now it has proven to be unsafe. The thing is, are Synergy Health Concepts and other clinics doing the Liberation Treatment going to be changing their aftercare methods even though they know it is unsafe to release a patient on the same day? The answer is no, even after Mrs. Clarke’s unfortunate and unnecessary death. Therefore, they are not focused on patient safety…it’s become about money only and lives are being put at risk as a result.”

Joanne Warkentin of Morden Manitoba, an MS patient who recently had both the liberation therapy and stem cell therapy at CCSVI Clinic agrees with Dr. Gupte. “Discharging patients on the same day as the procedure is ridiculous. I was in the hospital being monitored for 12 days before we flew back. People looking for a place to have the therapy must do their homework to find better options. We found CCSVI Clinic and there’s no place on earth that’s better to go for Liberation Therapy at the moment. I have given my complete medical file from CCSVI Clinic over to my Canadian physician for review.” For more information Log on to http://ccsviclinic.ca/?p=866 OR Call on: +1 (404) 461-9560.

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: A Lifesaving Treatment

When Kay Brockwell of Altavista, Va., received the diagnoses of brain cancer last summer, her body had already been through the mill – twice. In 2006, she was operated on for ovarian and colon cancers, followed by weeks of chemotherapy. In 2009, it was lymph node cancer, followed by additional chemotherapy.

Brain cancer typically means more of the same – invasive surgery, chemotherapy, radiation. But Brockwell got offered something quite different this time: Gamma Knife surgery.

Neurosurgeon lists 5BD in Las Vegas

by Frank Lee, published July 20, 2011

Stuart Kaplan and Lori S. Kaplan have listed for sale a five-bedroom, 5.5-bath home at 9213 White Tail Drive in Las Vegas for $899,000.

The 4,853-square-foot house in Summerlin North was built in 1995. Judie Woods of Realty Executives Jones Office is the listing agent.

Dr. Kaplan is a neurosurgeon and the only ABNS board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon in Nevada. He is affiliated with Western Regional Center for Brain & Spine Surgery and currently serves as the medical director of the NNI Gamma Knife Center at Sunrise Hospital Medical Center.

He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency from Barnes Jewish Hospital Washington University and fellowship from St. Louis Children Hospital Washington University

According to BlockShopper.com, there have been 23,635 home sales in Las Vegas during the past 12 months, with a median sales price of $104,000.

AVM (Arterio Venous Malformations) and treatment through Gamma Knife Radio surgery

Arterio Venous Malformation more commonly known as AVM can be simply explained as the group of blood vessels that are abnormally connected to each other. Though AVM can be present in any part of the body, it is of much significance in brain as it can disrupt normal functioning of the brain and can even be fatal in some cases. The malformation in the brain is such that the capillary bed (very thin blood vessels that connect arteries to the veins) is missing, thereby passing on the high blood pressure that arteries carry directly to the veins. The increase in pressure cause the AVM to enlarge with time and affect the surrounding brain tissues, which may lead to seizures, headaches, and stroke symptoms such as hemiplegia or hemiparesis. They can be found anywhere in the brain, brainstem, white matter or the cortex. AVM is usually detected between the ages of 10 to 30, but sometimes go unnoticed till the age of 50 or even beyond. The patient does not know if he is suffering from AVM until it bursts leading to severe headache, stroke or seizure. The reason why AVMs develop is not known, but most of the patients are born with it- it is most commonly a congenital disorder. The treatment varies with the size and location of the AVM and generally includes surgical resection, endovascular embolization, and stereotactic radio surgery -- all of which might be used either alone or in combination. In the last few decades, stereotactic radio surgery has emerged to be the most preferred form of treatment of AVMs in brain by the neurosurgeons owing to the host of advantage that it offers- especially in the treatment small AVM's that are located in deep structures of the brain that are difficult to reach, or too risky to resect surgically. The procedure involves radiating the malformation by highly precise focused beams of radiation to destroy it. It causes the vessel to slowly clot off until the lesion is finally obliterated. The procedure is done under local anesthesia with oral sedation. The patient is made to lie on a couch with a light weight frame attached to his head. CT or MRI is done with the frame in place so as to pin point the exact site. An angiogram is also done for the treatment of AVM. The actual treatment takes about 15 min to an hour though the planning takes few hours. More than 500,000 patients all across the world have been successfully treated with gamma knife since it offers many advantages which include: • More accurate treatment • Faster treatment and time • Greater patient comfort • The lesion being treated receives a high dose of radiation with minimum risk to nearby tissue and structures. • No anesthesia • Surgery without an incision • The ability to resume normal activities sooner • The absence of an incision eliminates the risk of hemorrhage and infection. • Hospitalization is short, typically an overnight stay or an outpatient surgical procedure. Patients can immediately return to resume their previous activities. With offerings like low costs, highly skilled and experienced doctors, India has now become the most preferred destination for patients seeking gamma knife treatment. The cost of gamma knife in India is fractional as compared to western countries like US, UK or Australia. Indicure is the leading medical tourism company in India which has treated many patients wanting gamma knife treatment from across the world. For more information on gamma knife treatment, visit or write to info@indicure.com 

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Gamma Knife Surgery Meningioma

Is Stereotactic surgery same as Gamma knife /cyberknife? What are the methods for treating big size tumours? Currently, the patient is suffering from meningioma: 29mm*35mm..

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UAMS offers Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

A new procedure allows doctors to treat brain tumors without invasive surgery or anesthesia.

Every year, more than 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with a brain tumor. It might begin as a headache, maybe you can't see as well as you used to, but end with what can be a terrifying diagnosis.

"In my case, the one lesion was so close to my optic nerve, that this was a way to take care of that without damaging my eye," says patient Sandra May Hall.

A new breakthrough procedure, though, used by doctors at UAMS is not only saving lives, but revolutionizing the once-standard treatment for brain cancer - surgery. It's called Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, and is really not surgery at all.

"We call it Gamma Knife Radiosurgery because it really involves delivering precise doses down to within milimeters of accuracy for the brain and the way that would echo the surgical precision that we use in the operating room," says Erika Peterson, UAMS neurosurgeon.

The patient is stabilized and in a frame. Using an MRI, the gamma knife can deliver radiation, a precise area of the brain.

"There are several benefits i think," says Peterson. "One is the ability to reach and to treat a tumor that might be within a part of the brain that's very deep."

The other advantage of the gamma knife - no anesthesia.

We can achieve a result in terms of controlling or eliminating a tumor without actually having to have a patient under an anesthesia," says Peterson.

What Is Gamma Knife Radiosurgery?

Gamma knife radiosurgery is a form of stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) used as a non-invasive treatment for a variety of brain conditions. During this treatment, about 200 beams of radiation are aimed from points surrounding the head to converge onto a single predetermined location inside the brain. Each beam carries a small amount of radiation through the brain, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue while creating a concentrated source of radiation at the point where all the beams converge. This surgery has many advantages over traditional brain surgery and has limited side effects.

NewYork-Presbyterian Radiation Oncology and Neurosurgery Programs Bolstered With Next-Generation Gamma Knife and Linear Accelerator

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has two new treatment options for patients with brain tumors and other cancers -- a next-generation radiosurgical Gamma Knife® and linear accelerator.

The two radiosurgical technologies direct highly focused radiation to destroy tumors. The outpatient procedures are painless and performed while the patient is awake.

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Long-term Outcomes After Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Patients With a Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma

Nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas recur after microsurgery. Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) has been used to treat recurrent adenomas.

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Health Sciences Centre Neurosurgery Gamma Knife Unit

SMS Engineering supplied both electrical and mechanical engineering services in order to provide this revolutionary technology to Canada.


Gamma Knife Surgery-the latest & most effective treatment technique for brain tumours

There is an ever rising incidence of Central Nervous System tumours, which comprise both of brain as well as spinal tumours. Based on the World Health Organization estimates as found in GLOBOCAN 2002, it is estimated that the incidence of primary malignant brain tumours is 3.7 per 100,000 per annum for males and 2.6 per 100,000 per annum for females. This represents an estimated 108,277 males and 81,305 females who were diagnosed with a primary malignant brain tumor in 2002, an overall total of 189,582 individuals.

Considering the ever increasing number of individuals suffering from Brain tumours, doctors & scientists have been looking for effective treatment techniques for curing these tumours & studies have shown that Gamma Knife surgery is one of the best treatment method for certain specific types of tumours.

Contrary to its name, gamma knife surgery is a non invasive technique that uses radiation to treat the tumour. The procedure is also sometimes known as “Surgery without a knife” since it does not involve usage of any blade or knife.

Gamma Knife surgery is the most accepted and widely used radio surgery treatment in the world. About half a million people have been treated with Gamma Knife surgery, and it’s the only Radiation Therapy System cleared by the FDA for irradiating brain metastases. The procedure has several advantages over the conventional surgery. Though it is a radio surgical procedure, it has such a dramatic and precise effect in the target zone that the changes are considered ‘surgical.’ Also, there’s no incision or blood, and thus has much faster recovery & minimal risk of complications.

The common advantages of Gamma Knife Surgery are

• More accurate treatment
o Faster treatment and time
o Greater patient comfort
o The lesion being treated receives a high dose of radiation with minimum risk to nearby tissue and structures.
• No anaesthesia
• Surgery without an incision
• Lower costs than conventional brain surgery
• Minimal discomfort
• The ability to resume normal activities sooner
• The absence of an incision eliminates the risk of haemorrhage and infection.

Hospitalization is short, typically an overnight stay or an outpatient surgical procedure. Patients can immediately resume their previous activities.

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