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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
 

1. What Can Be Treated By Gamma Knife?

i) Brain Tumours
Both benign and malignant brain tumours, especially tumours originating elsewhere in the body that have metastasized to the brain.

ii) Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
AVMs are an abnormal collection of blood vessels. When located in the brain, these abnormalities can cause bleeding, headaches or seizures.

iii) Acoustic Neuromas/ Vestibular Schwannomas
These non-cancerous tumours develop on the nerve that affects balance and hearing, often causing gradual hearing loss, tinnitus and dizziness.

iv) Trigeminal Neuralgia
This nerve disorder affects the trigeminal nerve causes sudden disabling facial pain that feels like an electric shock-like or stabbing pain.

v) Pituitary Tumours
Pituitary tumours are abnormal growths that develop in the pituitary gland. These tumours can cause a variety of problems because the pituitary controls the thyroid, adrenal and reproductive glands.

vi) Meningioma
Meningioma is a tumour that arises from the meninges. This tumour can press on the brain and spinal cord, causing complications such as vision loss or paralysis.

2. Will I See Immediate Effects After Treatment And Do I Need Follow-up Treatment?

The effects of the Gamma Knife treatment will not be immediate but will be seen over a period of time. Radiation treatments are designed to stop the growth of tumours or lesions, which means the progress will only be seen over a period of weeks or months. Your doctor will stay in contact with you during this period; you may have to undergo follow-up MRI, CT or angiography examinations to monitor your progress.

3. Are There Any Side-effects Immediately After The Treatment?

Generally most patients experience no immediate side-effects from the treatment, though some may experience some mild side-effects such as nausea/vomiting, headache and scalp numbness.