What is "Cancer Radiotherapy"
Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.
According to the world health organization: Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
The decision to use radiation therapy depends on the type and stage of cancer, and other health problems a patient might have.
During the radiation therapy, a huge team of highly trained medical professionals will take care for you. Your team may include:
Gamma Knife therapy, like all radiosurgery, uses doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors, delivered precisely to avoid damaging healthy brain tissue. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is able to accurately focus many beams of gamma radiation on one or more tumors.
Despite its name, Gamma Knife surgery involves neither traditional surgery nor an actual knife. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is called “surgery” because its outcome is similar to that of a surgical procedure.
The Gamma Knife procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis, so you will go home at the end of the day.
Will I need to take any special medications?
No, you will not need to take any special medications for the procedure. If you feel some discomfort after the procedure, such as a headache or nausea, you will be given medication for relief.
Once you are home, you can resume most of your normal activities. You can resume exercise and other forms of strenuous activity about 18 to 24 hours after the procedure, unless your physician instructs you differently.