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Stereotactic Gamma Ray Surgery for Benign Intracranial Tumors
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
This surgery is used to treat benign (not cancer) tumors inside your head. Beams of radiation kill the tumor cells. Normal tissues near the tumor get little or no radiation. Tumors can grow anywhere in your head. Benign tumor cells do not spread to other areas of your body.
Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:
- You have trouble seeing, talking, or thinking clearly.
- You passed out or had a seizure.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
- You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough.
- You cough up blood.
Seek care immediately 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.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
Call your doctor or surgeon if:
- You have a fever.
- You have dizziness, nausea, or are vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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