Gamma knife for meningiomas

Posted by lisakuehl @lisakuehl, Aug 9, 2018

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.

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@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?

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

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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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@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?

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@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?

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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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@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.

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@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.

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@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.

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