What does

San Diego RadioSurgery treat?

Our team at San Diego RadioSurgery offers treatment for a wide variety of cancers and medical conditions. To learn more about how we can treat your condition, select an option below.

Acoustic Neuroma

A benign, slow-growing tumor type, acoustic neuromas affect the seventh and eighth cranial nerves in a part of the brain known as the cerebellar-pontine angle, or CPA. The eighth cranial nerve has two parts – the cochlear nerve that transmits sound between the inner ear and the brainstem, and the vestibular nerve that helps provide balance. Acoustic neuromas most commonly arise from schwann cells, which produce insulation for the vestibular nerve. Therefore, these tumors are often called vestibular schwannomas.

Arteriovenous Malformation

Novalis Tx precisely aims radiation beams at the AVM from multiple angles. Over time, the radiation causes the AVM blood vessels to narrow and eventually close off, eliminating the risk of hemorrhage or stroke. The primary advantage over surgical removal is that radiosurgery is not invasive, does not require anesthesia or a hospital stay and doesn’t carry the risks of open surgery. Moreover, some AVMs are located in areas of the brain that cannot be treated with conventional surgery. In those cases, radiosurgery may be the only feasible treatment option. Novalis Tx differs from other radiosurgery systems in that it doesn’t require a rigid metal frame screwed to the patient’s skull for targeting tumors and immobilizing patients. The Novalis Tx achieves highly accurate targeting with computer imaging that continuously updates the tumor location and, therefore, eliminates the need for a metal frame.

Brain Tumors

Novalis Tx robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) painlessly delivers precise beams of high-dose radiation to brain tumors and lesions, without incisions, hospitalization, or long recovery time. Novalis Tx SRS is a non-invasive alternative to brain cancer surgery and can be used for brain tumors that are considered inoperable because of their location in the head, for those patients who cannot undergo brain cancer surgery due to their poor medical condition, or who refuse surgery. The Novalis Tx System also can treat benign, or non-cancerous, tumors and other conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs).

Breast Cancer

Radiation therapy is used to treat breast cancer painlessly and non-invasively. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to a patient’s breast cancer safely and effectively. Side effects are usually minimal, and most patients return to routine activities immediately after each treatment. Radiation therapy serves as an effective treatment for breast cancer, working within cancer cells to damage their ability to multiply. Several factors determine candidacy for radiation therapy treatment including the stage of the cancer, potential side effects, age and overall health. Sometimes a combination of treatments is the best plan for treating breast cancer.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the tissues of the colon, which is the longest part of the large intestine and comprises the lower part of the digestive system. Radiation therapy is used to treat colon cancer painlessly and noninvasively. External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is an effective treatment for colon cancer, working within cancer cells to damage their ability to multiply. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to the cancer with a linear accelerator (LINAC). Treatments are delivered daily Monday through Friday. Each treatment takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The treatment process is painless, safe and will not burn or hurt you. Side effects are usually minimal, and most patients return to routine activities immediately after each treatment. Several factors determine candidacy for radiation therapy treatment including the stage of the cancer, potential side effects, age and overall health. Sometimes a combination of treatments is the best plan for treating colon cancer.

Gynecologic Cancer

Gynecologic cancers originate in the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina and vulva. Radiation therapy is used to treat gynecologic cancers painlessly and non invasively. External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is an effective treatment for gynecological cancers, working within cancer cells to damage their ability to multiply. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to the cancer cells with a linear accelerator (LINAC). Treatments are delivered daily Monday through Friday. Each treatment takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The treatment process is painless, safe and will not burn or hurt you. Side effects are usually minimal, and most patients return to routine activities immediately after each treatment. Several factors determine candidacy for radiation therapy treatment including the stage of the cancer, potential side effects, age and overall health. Sometimes a combination of treatments is the best plan for treating gynecologic cancers.

Head & Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancer refers collectively to cancers that arise in the head and neck region, including the nasal cavity, sinuses, mouth, lips, salivary glands, larynx or throat. These cancers typically begin in the squamous cells that line the moist surfaces inside the mouth, nose and throat. Radiation therapy is used to treat head and neck cancer painlessly and noninvasively. External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is an effective treatment for head and neck cancer, working within cancer cells to damage their ability to multiply. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to the cancer cells with a linear accelerator (LINAC). Treatments are delivered daily Monday through Friday. Each treatment takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The treatment process is painless, safe and will not burn or hurt you. Side effects are usually minimal, and most patients return to routine activities immediately after each treatment. Several factors determine candidacy for radiation therapy treatment including the stage of the cancer, potential side effects, age and overall health. Sometimes a combination of treatments is the best plan for treating head and neck cancer.

Kidney Tumors

Radiosurgery for kidney tumors is noninvasive, and typically carries less risk of complications than conventional surgery. For patients who refuse surgery or have medically inoperable kidney tumors, radiosurgery can be an effective treatment option. Novalis Tx, which delivers high-dose radiation over one to five treatments, can be particularly effective for treatment of small kidney tumors. Novalis Tx has the ability to compensate for normal patient movements, precisely targeting the tumor during the entire procedure and minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This is important when treating kidney tumors, which can shift during treatment due to regular patient movements such as breathing.

Liver Tumors

Novalis Tx’s ability to treat tumors with precisely focused radiation offers an important advantage for liver cancer patients. Accurate to within less than a millimeter, radiosurgery has minimal effect on surrounding health tissue. This level of accuracy enables doctors to target liver tumors with high-dose radiation, which significantly reduces the number of treatments needed – usually between three and five over several days compared to 30-40 over several weeks required for radiotherapy systems. Radiosurgery has other benefits as well, namely its ability to track tumors in real time. That means patients breathe normally during each treatment session, since the radiation beam adjusts automatically to the tumor location.

Lung Tumors

Novalis Tx robotic radiosurgery painlessly delivers precise beams of radiation to tumors and lesions, without requiring incisions, hospitalization, or long recovery time. It can serve as an effective lung cancer treatment and is an especially good option for patients with complex tumors or patients who prefer a non-invasive way to treat their cancer.

Metastatic Cancer

Treatment options for metastatic tumors include surgery, Novalis Tx® Radiosurgery, Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy and targeted therapies. The plan for treatment will depend on the type of primary cancer; the size, location, and number of metastatic tumors; age and general health; and previous treatments. Areas that have already had radiation therapy may be eligible for Novalis Tx Radiosurgery. Treatment options mentioned may be given alone or with another treatment.

Ocular/Orbital Tumors

Novalis Tx is capable of high-dose radiation for tumors or lesions in especially sensitive areas of the brain and is the only radiosurgery system that doesn’t need an invasive head frame. Radiosurgery with Novalis Tx safely delivers high-dose radiation while minimizing exposure to healthy tissue. Ocular and orbital tumors can be difficult to treat due to their close proximity to important structures in the brain, and Novalis Tx provides an effective treatment option for these tumors due to the precise nature of the radiation beams it delivers. Ocular and orbital tumors can greatly affect a patient’s quality of life, and radiosurgery with Novalis Tx offers a treatment option that can preserve a patient’s vision.

Pancreatic Cancer

Novalis Tx treats pancreatic cancer with high-dose radiation. Clinical studies are ongoing to test the Novalis Tx’s effectiveness in treating localized, non-metastatic pancreatic cancer. However, preliminary results involving patients with relatively advanced cases of pancreatic cancer suggest that Novalis Tx radiosurgery treatment is well tolerated and provides some clinical benefit. Prior to treatment, doctors implant between three to five small metal markers known as fiducials in or near the tumor that enable the Novalis Tx to pinpoint the tumor location throughout treatment. Implanting the markers is an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour. About a week later, patients are fitted with a custom body mold made of soft material that they lie on during treatments. The fitting process is painless. Patients then undergo a CT scan that assists in developing a customized treatment plan.

Prostate Cancer

The Novalis Tx robotic radiosurgery system is a widely used form of nonsurgical prostate stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) believes that enough clinical evidence exists so that SBRT should be considered an appropriate alternative for select patients with low- to intermediate-risk prostate cancer.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and is the most common type of cancer. Radiation therapy is used to treat skin cancer painlessly and noninvasively and is one of the safest treatments for skin cancer. External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is an effective treatment for skin cancer, working within cancer cells to damage their ability to multiply. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to the cancer cells with a linear accelerator (LINAC). Treatments are delivered daily Monday through Friday. Each treatment takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The treatment process is painless, safe and will not burn or hurt you. Side effects are usually minimal, and most patients return to routine activities immediately after each treatment. Several factors determine candidacy for radiation therapy treatment including the stage of the cancer, potential side effects, age and overall health. Sometimes a combination of treatments is the best plan for treating skin cancer.

Spinal Tumors

Spine cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in or around the spinal cord resulting in a tumor. If the abnormal cells originated from cells in the tissues of the spine, this is a Primary Spine Tumor. Primary tumors in the spine are relatively rare and are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Benign Spine Tumors include:

  • Meningiomas
  • Neurofibromas
  • Schwannoma

Malignant Spine Tumors include:

  • Astrocytomas
  • Ependymosas

If the abnormal cells originated in another part of the body, as in cancer originating in the lung, breast, colon or skin and were carried to the spine by the blood or other bodily fluid, growing into a tumor, then it is considered a Metastatic Spine Tumor. Both primary and metastatic spine tumors are very serious because they can compress the spinal cord and/or destroy the bone and surrounding tissue in the spine. These tumors cause patients to experience pain, gait and posture problems, and other neurological issues.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Novalis Tx robotic radiosurgery offers frameless, non-invasive pain relief treatment for patients suffering with trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Novalis Tx painlessly delivers precise beams of high-dose radiation to the trigeminal nerve root, without requiring incisions, hospitalization, or long recovery time.

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