Stereotactic radiation

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The article was in today’s The Burger.  I was one of the 720 patients and consulted with Dr Frohling who successfully treated the initial brain tumour with this nifty radiation machine.

More recently with the new tumours that appeared the doctors decided that stereotactic radiation won’t be as effective as full head radiation.

For those who cannot understand the Afrikaans article, here is a rundown on what stereotactic radiation is:

Stereotactic Radiosurgery – Radiation treatment of a tumour that is applied in a single session with a high dose of radiation.

The cutting edge technology comes in the form of the Novalis Tx ™ Stereotactic RadioSurgery unit launched at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital two years ago and provides advanced radiation therapy to cancer patients with difficult to reach tumours. The Novalis Tx™ shapes the radiation beam precisely to patient’s tumours, ensuring that the best possible treatment dose is delivered while healthy tissue is protected. The radiation beam also adapts to the patient’s breathing and other body movements to continuously maintain safe, complete and accurate treatment. The unit rotates around the patient to deliver treatment beams anywhere in the body from virtually any angle. It offers fast treatment session and gives new hope to patients with tumours once considered untreatable.

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