Stereotactic radiosurgery pros and cons

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Stereotactic radiosurgery pros and cons

by Jan42006 on Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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I would appreciate comments from anyone who has had stereotactic surgery after a gbm reoccurred? What were the side effects experienced? Would you have done it again if you knew what it involved? Any input is appreciated...

 

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by ginnyx7 on Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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My husband has had the gamma knife twice.  Both times the gamma knife caused swelling and the swelling has not gone down.  The tumors have not shrunk but they have not grown.  Would we do it again, absolutely!   The treatment is not perfect but probably the best option for inoperable tumors.  My husband is still on a high dose of decadron for the swelling and there are problems with that but where we would we be without gamma knife or decadron?   If another tumor pops up there will be no question, we will do it again. 

Ginny 

 

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by michelleh on Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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My husband had the cyberknife procedure done in Sept.  Would definitely do it again, because he wouldn't be here today if he wouldn't have done it!  He has also had swelling that didn't occur until just recently.  Decadron is helpful.  He is not back to "normal", but he is working and having quality of life!

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by Jan42006 on Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:00 AM

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Thank-you for sharing your experiences... They are trying to decide if this is something to pursue... Any thoughts Lorre G? Can they do it if you have already started CPT-11 and Avastin?

 

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