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At St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center, radiation oncologists work with the entire health care team to coordinate the best possible care for you, which may include cranial stereotactic radiosurgery.
Cranial stereotactic radiosurgery
Stereotactic radiosurgery is the practice of delivering radiation to a specifically defined target and sparing the surrounding tissue. During cranial stereotactic radiosurgery, doctors deliver focused beams of radiation to the specific area of the brain needing treatment.
The head and neck need to be immobilized to ensure that the beam is delivered to the same exact spot at each treatment session, while sparing the surrounding tissue. You receive anywhere from one to five radiation treatments every other day.
Cranial stereotactic radiosurgery with or without a frame:
There are two ways to achieve the necessary immobilization:
- With a frame: For this treatment, a metal halo is placed on your head. This increases precision but is a more invasive procedure.
- Frameless: For this treatment, you are able to use a mask and bite plate to keep your head steady. The devices are custom-made for you.
For information about St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center - St. Louis, please call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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