Frequently Asked Questions
The Gamma Knife is used to treat brain metastases (tumors that start in the body and spread to the brain) such as lung cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, etc. It is used to treat benign tumors such as meningiomas and acoustic neuromas and for treatment of Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs). The pain syndrome of trigeminal neuralgia, and the tremor of Parkinson’s disease may also be treated with the Gamma Knife. Utilizing the Gamma Knife to treat epilepsy and OCD is an area of extensive research. Finally, the most malignant tumors of the brain, the glioblastoma multiforme or anaplastic astrocytomas, as well as a number of other primary tumors of the brain, can be treated.