New Delhi, India
32 year old women successfully underwent brain tumor surgery at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon. She had been suffering from acoustic neuroma involved in the brain tumor. She was diagnosed at very later stages when the symptoms were persistent. She had been noticing whistling sounds in her left ear for more than a year and then she decided to consult a physician.
Upon investigation one thing led to the other and RI scan of her brain revealed a benign tumour that involved her hearing nerve (which caused the whistling sound). She was asked to undergo open surgery, but she decided to go for a second opinion.
“When she came to us, we realised that we can treat her using radiosurgery, which is a new and advanced method that is totally non-invasive. Two weeks later, she underwent a radiosurgery procedure, and went back home to her normal daily activities the same day! There were no risks, scars, no pain, no ICU stay or a week stay in the hospital, and no anxious husband waiting outside the operating room. Now, her MRI scans done 5 years later have shown us that this treatment was a cure, and her hearing remains the same. CyberKnife radiosurgery system used as an alternative to surgery, or in conjunction with other treatments plays a significant role in the management both non-cancerous and cancerous brain tumors. “ says Dr Aditya Gupta, Director, Neurology, Agrim institute for neuro sciences, Artemis Hospital.
The CyberKnife radiation therapy has clinically proven success rates, however, it works the best for a tumors that’s upto 2-2.5 cm in size. However, in a few rare cases it is also used as an treatment option to cure brain tumors that either cannot be operated because of their location in the head, or the patients who cannot undergo brain cancer surgery due to their poor medical condition, etc. And, the success of the treatment largely depends and increases beyond 90% upon choosing the right patient.
”The technique that has been around in India for about 3-4 years has been mostly used to treat a range of cancerous and non cancerous/benign tumors in the body including the prostate, lung, liver, etc., is now being commonly used to kill tumors of brain and spine as well. CyberKnife radiation surgery is the most advanced, non invasive radiation therapy tools available to treat especially non-cancerous as well as cancerous and other diseases with the help of precise beams of high-dose radiation. It is a no pain and a no risk day-care treatment wherein patients are discharged as soon as the session gets over and therefore, no hospitalisation is required. The treatment uses a sophisticated image guidance system to beam high doses of radiation directly to your tumor.” Added Dr Gupta.
The CyberKnife is a non-invasive, real-time motion tracking technology for accurate delivery of high-dose radiation therapy. Instead of a bulky head frame, CyberKnife patients are provided with a soft, mesh mask during the treatment. Clinical studies have shown that patients with certain cancerous and non-cancerous conditions in the brain, neck and spine have a better outcome with a lower dose of two to five fractionated radiation treatments than a single, large dose.
CyberKnife treatment with CyberKnife is flexible; imaging is performed few days in advance, thereby leaving the radiation oncologist with enough time to design and finalise a customised treatment plan. Once the plan is set in place, the patient will return for a non-invasive, pain-free experience. Using advanced tumor-tracking technology, the CyberKnife system is able to either deliver one single high-dose treatment, or smaller doses (upto 5) over the course of two to five days. This approach limits side effects and enables most patients to return to their regular routine the same day.