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   Posted 11/7/2005 6:16 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
can anyone give me information on the gammaknife and cyberknife? when each should be used, the differences, etc. a friend of mine is having surgery soon, and we are trying to understand all of our options. thank you
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   Posted 11/7/2005 6:38 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
There are quite a few differences. Since you are asking under the heading of "AVM’ I assume you mean differences in that regard. The CK is frameless which many patients find advantageous. It does not suffer from helmet collision problems that occasionally make treatment with the Gamma Knife difficult. It allows for fractionated treatment over a few days rather than requiring a single treatment.

With regard to AVM’s, there is probably little difference in most cases in terms of ultimate effects.

Although others may disagree, we have usually advocated surgical resection of AVM’s that can be removed with relatively little risk, and reserve radiosurgery for those cases where surgery would be more risky or where the patient refuses surgery or has some contraindication to it.

The best advice is to see a team that has both radiosurgery and surgery available and let them help advise you.


Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311
buddy@swrads.org or cmedbery@coxinet.net

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
Southwest Radiation Oncology
1011 N. Dewey Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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