Head and Neck Cancer Month: Alternative Treatment to Brain Surgery

April is recognized as National Head and Neck Cancer awareness month. This is a good time to learn about treatment options for head and neck cancers, particularly alternative treatment options when brain surgery is not an option.

Rush Radiosurgery treats benign and malignant brain tumors with TrueBeam™ STx, an advanced, noninvasive radiosurgery system that targets tumors with a procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery. Brain tumor treatment using TrueBeam STx offers an important treatment option for patients who are not candidates for conventional surgery or radiation therapy, and for those who seek an alternative to invasive treatment.

Read below about the advantages of TrueBeam STx treatment compared to brain surgery:

  • Noninvasive – One of the most evident advantages of brain tumor treatment with TrueBeam STx compared to brain surgery is that the procedure is completely nonsurgical and painless, eliminating the need for anesthesia.
  • Accuracy – TrueBeam STx delivers pinpoint radiation to brain tumors. This accuracy allows our physicians to treat difficult-to-reach tumors while significantly minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Treatment time – By delivering high-dose radiation beams that match the exact shape of the tumor, TrueBeam STx significantly reduces treatment time, with typical sessions lasting about 15 minutes compared to brain surgery that can take hours.
  • Reduced risk – With such short treatment times, TrueBeam STx reduces the potential for errors that can occur in longer-lasting procedures.
  • Recovery time – With virtually no recovery time or side effects, most patients treated with TrueBeam STx go about their normal routines immediately after treatment. Most patients who undergo brain surgery are typically required to remain hospitalized after the procedure and face weeks of recovery time ahead.

For more information about receiving brain tumor treatment with TrueBeam STx, contact our center here.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.