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Diffuse Astrocytoma
grannie
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:07 AM
Joined: 2/18/2016
Posts: 1


My brother has been diagnosed with a Grade II Diffuse Astrocytoma which is inoperable. We are desperately searching for an alternative to radiotherapy which would probably cause him serious brain damage. At the moment the neurosurgeon is adopting a wait and see approach but should things change we need to have another option to radiotherapy. Are diffuse tumors too microscopic to treat with the Cyberknife technology? Hoping you can give me some good news.
Grannie
radsrus
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:24 PM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4435


It is not true that radiotherapy would "probably" cause him serious brain damage. It could results in effects, but they could range from very minor to major, depending on a lot of fctors, many of which are unpredictable. If treatment is not required, then waiting is reasonable. If treatment IS required, then standard RT is the way to go. CK is used for discrete, well-defined targets, almost the opposite of this problem.

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D. Southwest Radiation Oncology buddy@swrads.org
 

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