Nova Healthcare Gamma Knife Surgery

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16:12:13 BBC Look North report on one of the first patients to be treated with a Gamma Knife at Nova Healthcare

16:12:13 Click here to listen to the BBC Radio Leeds interview with Gamma Knife patient, Jason Richards:

16:12:13 See this BBC article outlining how advances in testing for prostate cancer may soon reduce the need for surgery.

Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery

This form of radiosurgery delivers a high dose of radiation precisely to the target and has been found extremely effective in treating certain brain tumours such as brain metastases and other malformations. Gamma knife surgery is an innovative radiotherapy treatment that offers little or no pain, no incisions and rapid recovery time.

Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in UK men, accounting for 25% of all male diagnosed cancers and over 10,000 deaths each year. Because of this, prostate cancer treatment has become increasingly important and at Nova healthcare, we have the latest in technology and innovation to help patients suffering from this type of cancer.

Having agreed on the most appropriate treatment for you, whether this is surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy treatment or a combination of treatments, we will provide care, support and aftercare for patients suffering from prostate cancer.

Radiotherapy Treatment

Using high energy x-rays and other sources of radiation, cancerous cells in the organs and tissue of your body can be treated. By causing physical and chemical damage to the cancerous cells, it is an extremely accurate and effective method of cancer and brain metastases treatment.

Radiotherapy treatment can be given in a number of ways. The most common uses a highly technical machine (linear accelerators) to create external beams which directly target the cancerous cells with pinpoint accuracy. This can cure, delay or relieve the symptoms caused by cancer cells within the body.

Radiotherapy treatment is safe and often completed in small doses, known as fractions, dependent on the cancer and location within the body.

Acoustic Neuroma

An acoustic neuroma is a specific type of brain tumour most likely to be found in middle-aged adults. They are benign and do not spread, but like most tumours, early detection is crucial.

Because it is a slow growing tumour, an acoustic neuroma can be difficult to spot but there are some signs to be aware of. Hearing loss or a slight buzzing/ringing in the ear can be a sign, as well as difficulty when walking or balancing. Other symptoms to look for include headaches, a lack of energy and numbness in the face.

Dependent on a number of factors including general health, size of the tumour and other results, a number of treatments are possible. These include surgery, Gamma Knife radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatment.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is chronic disorder of the trigeminal nerve, which results in a severe facial pain. Spasms of stabbing pain on one side of the face, particularly in the jaw, cheek, eye or forehead are the most recognised symptoms of this disease. They can be brought on by as little as a breeze brushing against the face.

Your GP or dentist can often spot the signs of trigeminal neuralgia. As an initial treatment, you may be offered anti-convulsants or a type of painkiller that will numb and help to relieve the pain caused. (Please read the trigeminal neuralgia page for more details on the anti-convulsants)

For long term treatments, surgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery can be considered, in an attempt to either stop the blood vessels affecting the trigeminal nerve or to stop the nerve malfunctioning.