Radiosurgery

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Radiosurgery

by Gbmfl on Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:00 AM

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Does anyone out there know what the costs are of radiosurgery, or if that is something that insurance pays for? I have conflicting information on the process. One doctor says he can do it and that it can help, another says it does more harm that good. I'd like to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

Radiosurgery

by Luvingwife on Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:00 AM

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Dear GBMFL: our health benefits covered a radiosurgery procedure that the docs called a "boost" after the external beam radx was complete. It was a actually called IMRT, intesity modulated radio therapy. It was a one time session after a planning session (MRI) for the physics engineers to "map" the procedure. If you google the term Novalis radiosurgery you will get some info on the web. Other equipment at other treatment centers are called "cyber knife" and "gamma ray". What kind of equipment does your medical team use? Good luck Luving wife.

Radiosurgery

by Luvingwife on Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:00 AM

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Dear GBMFL: our health benefits covered a radiosurgery procedure that the docs called a "boost" after the external beam radx was complete. It was a actually called IMRT, intesity modulated radio therapy. the equipment used was the Novais BrainLab. It was a one time session after a planning session (MRI) for the physics engineers to "map" the procedure. If you google the term "Novalis radiosurgery" you will get some info on the web. Other equipment at other treatment centers are called "cyber knife" and "gamma ray". What kind of equipment does your medical team use? I believe that our insurance carrier required an advance approval, (obvious this is a planned procedure) so we knew it was covered before it was even scheduled. Good luck Luving wife.

Radiosurgery

by Luvingwife on Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:00 AM

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Dear GBMFL: our health benefits covered a radiosurgery procedure that the docs called a "boost" after the external beam radx was complete. It was a actually called IMRT, intesity modulated radio therapy. the equipment used was the Novais BrainLab. It was a one time session after a planning session (MRI) for the physics engineers to "map" the procedure. If you google the term "Novalis radiosurgery" you will get some info on the web. Other equipment at other treatment centers are called "cyber knife" and "gamma ray". What kind of equipment does your medical team use? I believe that our insurance carrier required an advance approval, (obvious this is a planned procedure) so we knew it was covered before it was even scheduled. Good luck Luving wife.

Imrt is Not Gamma Knife

by Cidorov on Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:00 AM

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These are two different things. IMRT does not involve a Neurosurgeon or a night in the hospital. Gamma knife or radialsurgery does. IMRT provides 260+ beams converging on very specfic fields of treatment. they converge to provide much higher doses than standard radiation with greatly reduced effects on surrounding healthy tissue. My understanding of Gamma Knife is it is very similar but uses real time imaging and provides lethal doses of radiation via convergence to the cancer cells. Because the cells are being fried there may be some edema and the patient is kept over night for observation. With general radiation and IMRT the radiation is not a lethal dose but more like a dose to create chromasomal anomilies so that when the cell tries to replicate it fails and dies a normal cell death. It actually creates a temporary elevated state of "free radicals". The things we take antioxidents to alleviate. Which is the rational for why taking anti-oxydents during treatment may not be a good thing. Infact anti-oxydents protect healthy cells during treatment but also reduce the effectiveness of treatment. There are somje studies that indicate this is the case. They also, however, indicate that people live longer ,who take anti-oxydents, despite the mitigating effects. I suppose if living longer is your goal then anti-oxydents would be a good thing. Get yer Doc to prescribe Sulfasalazine in the mean time. Look at the topic I posted on that. Yeah...IMRT is not Gamma knife or radial surgery.
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