At ICI we treat a variety of Brain Tumors and Spine Metastases using the latest Radiation Therapy techniques
Brain metastases are neoplasms that originate in tissues outside the brain and spread secondarily to involve the brain. Metastases to the brain may be single or multiple. It is estimated that more than 100,000 new cases of brain metastases occur in the United States each year. Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and breast cancer, the most common cancer in women, are responsible for more than half of the cases of brain metastases in the United States.
Spinal metastases represent a common problem affecting more than 200,000 patients a year in the United States. For many years, conventional radiation therapy has been the most common treatment for patients with metastatic spinal tumors.
At ICI we treat spine tumors with an advanced technique called Spinal Radiosurgery or Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS).
This has revolutionized the treatment because it is more accurate and results in minimal side effects compared to older, more conventional radiation therapy. Instead of open surgery, SRS offers a noninvasive option to deliver a large dose of radiation to the tumor with millimeter accuracy. The treatment may be delivered in a single treatment or may be given over 3 to 5 treatment sessions may be used for tumors of specific size and location. Our approach, performed at the Innovative Cancer Institute on an outpatient basis, is becoming the preferred approach in the management of spinal and paraspinal primary and metastatic tumors. Spinal radiosurgery can also be used in patients previously treated with conventional radiation when other treatments have failed (reirradiation). In these patients the decision of how to proceed will depend on several factors including: Previous treatment, Disease response to previous therapy, Clinical situation, Patient/caregiver desires, Resource availability