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Gamma knife for meningiomas

Posted by @lisakuehl, Thu, Aug 9 7:35am

Greetings – do any followers of this group have any experience with the use of the "gamma knife" when arresting the growth of benign meningiomas? Thanks!

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Hello, my sister had Gamma Knife radiation last year at Mayo Rochester. She goes back this month for another MRI to see if the tumors responded, hopefully shrunk. I will be back in touch with her results.

@nancye3

Hello, my sister had Gamma Knife radiation last year at Mayo Rochester. She goes back this month for another MRI to see if the tumors responded, hopefully shrunk. I will be back in touch with her results.

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Did she have any side effects from the treatment?

I had this done last December, I had 5 treatments and my tumor is slowly shrinking.

My sister said the head piece was not as bad as she expected. It did hurt a little at first. She had some headaches and some numbness after but no serious side effects..

@mrser52

I had this done last December, I had 5 treatments and my tumor is slowly shrinking.

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Did you experience any side effects or unpleasantries during the treatment?

@nancye3

My sister said the head piece was not as bad as she expected. It did hurt a little at first. She had some headaches and some numbness after but no serious side effects..

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Was any type of sedation required during the treatment?

Welcome, @lisakuehl,

I'm so glad you've joined Connect, and that you've "connected" with @nancye3 and @mrser52. May I ask if you want to find more information about gamma knife and meningiomas for yourself or a loved one?

@mrser52

I had this done last December, I had 5 treatments and my tumor is slowly shrinking.

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I had no side effects during my treatment, but I did have a hard time with the treatment. Having that tight mask over my face and head. I had to take Xanax so I wouldn't freak out.

@nancye3

My sister said the head piece was not as bad as she expected. It did hurt a little at first. She had some headaches and some numbness after but no serious side effects..

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You can ask for something if you feel you can't handle the mask. Ask ahead of time before you go to your appointment.

@kanaazpereira

Welcome, @lisakuehl,

I'm so glad you've joined Connect, and that you've "connected" with @nancye3 and @mrser52. May I ask if you want to find more information about gamma knife and meningiomas for yourself or a loved one?

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I'm asking for a family member who has this procedure scheduled at Mayo next week.

Hi @lisakuehl
There are several discussions about meningiomas in the Brain Tumor group that you may be interested in reading, specifically this one started by @nancye3 when she was investigating gamma knife for her sister and Elaine and others provided their insights.
– Meningiomas. Gamma knife or Cyber Knife. Which is more effective ? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/meningeomas-gamma-knife-or-cyber-knife-which-is-more-effective/

Keep asking questions. Many are here to share their experiences.

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