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Best Medical Equipment for Brain tumor Treatment and Diagnosis
CyberKnife is a robotic device to perform radiosurgery with precise radiation delivery to the organs affected with benign and malignant tumors.
This method allows destroying tumors without incisions and pain; it is frequently used as an alternative to surgery when neoplasms are hard to reach or cannot be operated. The radiation is directed accurately, so it does not affect healthy tissues or organs. Treatment with CyberKnife is an outpatient procedure: just after a session (it lasts about 30-90 minutes), a patient can return home and their everyday activities.
Among 133 of patients with brain metastases, 90% of them with such symptoms as headaches or seizures experience improvement and stabilizing of their conditions after CyberKnife sessions. Another study of 333 patients showed that 85% of them take over the tumor growth: it decreases or stops its development. 92% of people with inoperative tumors observe the reduction of symptoms caused by a lesion.
Gamma Knife is a radiosurgery device to manage radiation therapy. It uses 192 radiation beams to precisely target brain tumors. Each beam goes separately through the healthy brain tissues, and then they meet together in the target delivering there a high radiation dose.
The procedure is painless, performed without incisions and anesthesia. It is an alternative to traditional surgery for hard-to-reach or inoperable tumors. A GammaKnife session does not require admission; a patient can go back home and return to allowed activities just after a procedure.
A patient observes a tumor’s shrinking in the period of 18-24 months in 60% of cases for benign tumors and in 80-90% for malignant neoplasms. As a result, pain disappears and affected brain functions recover.
Tomotherapy represents a type of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The device combines a CT scanner and linear accelerator to deliver radiation to the tumor. In-built CT scan receives images of a tumor before each treatment session that allows to target tumors precisely.
With TomoTherapy, a tumor is affected with radiation slice-by-slice, not the entire neoplasm at once. The duration of one session is shortened: it takes several minutes, no hospital stay is necessary after the procedure. A patient can experience tiredness and appetite changes after tomotherapy.
It is applied to treat benign and malignant brain tumors, including glioblastoma. Metastatic brain tumors respond to the treatment in 80.9% of cases. A 1-year survival rate is 41.2%, a 2-year survival rate is 24.7%.
Proton therapy is a type of radiation therapy affecting tumors with protons, not X-rays. The X-rays damage healthy tissues on their way to a tumor that limits their usage. In the case with proton therapy, protons precisely hit a neoplasm, while healthy tissues remain unaffected that allow using stronger doses of irradiation to hit tumors located near vital organs. During a session, a patient lays on the table and a machine rotates producing proton beams to hit a tumor.
This is an outpatient procedure; a person can leave a hospital just after a session is over. Usually, the whole treatment cycle takes 30 minutes to complete. It usually continues 5 times a week for several weeks. The radiation dose may change over the treatment. No specific rehab is needed. Such side effects as fatigue, headache, hair loss that can develop over time.
20 patients with low-grade gliomas underwent proton therapy. Clinicians supervised patients after the treatment for 5.1 years. All participants tolerated the therapy well: intellectual functioning, vision, attention, working memory remained normal. A 3-year disease-free progression was observed in 85% of cases. 40% survived 5 years without disease progression.
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How to choose the best hospital for a brain tumor?
While choosing the hospital for brain tumor treatment, take into account:
- Location of the brain tumor hospital. Choose the brain tumor hospital which is faster to reach from your country. It mainly concerns cases when a patient needs an urgent surgical intervention.
- Neurosurgeon’s qualification. Experienced doctors undergo practice at the world leading medical centers, they have certificates and positive patients’ reviews. Doctors of the best brain tumor treatment centers remove a tumor applying special surgical robot. It provides higher accuracy and shortens rehab period. Pay attention that world-renowned neurosurgeons may ask for a higher fee.
- Availability of neuronavigation system. It helps a doctor controlling all the movements to decrease the possibility of healthy brain tissues damaging during surgery.
- The success rate of a brain tumor removal. The brain tumor treatment centers in the world represent high recovery rate and long life expectancy after surgery. So check this info before choosing the brain tumor hospital.
Where are top brain tumor treatment centers located?
The best hospitals for a brain tumor are located in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Germany and Spain are among the best countries to treat brain tumor in Europe. Thailand, South Korea, and India — are top ones in Asia; Turkey — in the Middle East.
These countries offer different prices for the brain tumor treatment, but the quality of therapy remains at about the same level because all procedures are performed according to the strict international treatment protocols. The cost varies due to general price policy within the country and income of local citizens.
How is a brain tumor diagnosed abroad?
Before the development of a treatment plan, doctors appoint diagnostic procedures. Depending on the symptoms and type of a suspected tumor, a specialist may prescribe:
- blood and urine tests
- consultation with an ophthalmologist
- examination of the eyeground
- MRI (with or without contrast)
- tumor biopsy.
Specialists apply safe biopsy method — brain tumor puncture at the best brain tumor centers. A neurosurgeon receives a sample of tissue using a thin needle. It is inserted through the 3-4 mm incision.
If a patient has already undergone treatment in another hospital and want to get a second medical opinion, it is necessary to show a neurosurgeon all the medical records and MRI-images. You can also have all necessary tests after arrival to the chosen hospital.
How is a brain tumor treated in world's top treatment centers?
Surgical treatment of brain tumor
- Removal of a brain tumor applying Awake Craniotomy technique
During the surgery, a patient remains conscious and follows neurosurgeon’s recommendations. It allows detecting brain areas which control vital functions of an organism and avoid their damaging. Surgery is conducted under local anesthesia that is why the operation is painless for a patient.
- Transnasal removal of a tumor
It is used to remove the brain tumor without surgery. A doctor does not make any incision but removes neoplasm through the sinuses.
A tumor is removed through 1.5-2 cm openings in the skull. It reduces injury rate and shortens postoperative rehabilitation. Endoscopic tools penetrate in the distant brain areas which are hard-to-reach while applying other surgical methods. The procedure requires special microsurgical equipment and high degree of neurosurgeon’s skills.
Non-surgical brain tumor treatment
- Radiotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery
Among the brain tumor treatment options are CyberKnife and Truebeam with Novalis linear accelerator (state-of-the-art modification of GammaKnife). These systems influence the neoplasm cells with radioactive irradiation and destroy them.
Except for standard chemotherapy regimen, doctors of the best brain tumor centers apply intracranial chemotherapy for malignant brain tumors. A surgeon places special plates with a drug right in the brain. It reduces side effects and damage to the rest of the organs. Intracranial chemotherapy is considered as a new treatment for brain tumors.
These options are not standard ones. They are appointed individually after a consultation with a doctor.
How to make an appointment in the best hospital for a brain tumor?
If you want to get the brain tumor treatment in the best hospital, follow these steps:
- Learn info about the best brain tumor treatment centers listed on this page.
- Submit a request to choose the most appropriate tumor center for you.
- Bookimed manager contacts you to answer all your questions and schedule the date of your arrival at the brain tumor treatment hospital.
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