For patients diagnosed with metastatic brain tumors, whole brain radiation has been the standard of care to treat the cancer. However, because whole brain radiation can cause side effects to the brain, especially the decline of an individual’s mental function, other ways to treat the tumors have been researched and used. Overall, the goal is to improve the quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
When dealing with metastatic brain tumors, one area of the brain that can be attributed to the decline in mental function and brain side effects is the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a very important part of the brain that is believed to be the center of emotion and memory. It is sensitive to radiation, and thus sparing from unnecessary radiation is extremely important. Patients have a few options to choose from when considering radiation for their brain tumor:
Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to offer a variety of cancer treatment options for patients with brain tumors, including SRS, IMRT, VMAT, and Proton Therapy.
Robert Tokarz, MS, DABR