Stereotactic Gamma Ray Surgery For Malignant Intracranial Tumors
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Stereotactic gamma ray surgery is used to treat tumors inside your head. Beams of radiation kill the tumor cells. Normal tissues near the tumor get little or no radiation. Malignant intracranial tumors are cancer cells that can grow anywhere inside your head. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of your body and grow into new tumors. Cancer cells from other parts of your body can also spread to your head and grow into a tumor.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Ask your primary healthcare provider if and when you need to return for other gamma ray treatments. If you need other treatment sessions, you may be asked to return in 1 week. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have dizziness or nausea, or you are vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your face is getting numb, or you cannot move your arms or legs.
- You have a severe headache that does not go away even after you take pain medicine.
- You have trouble breathing, seeing, talking, or thinking clearly.
- You passed out or had a seizure.
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