Precise Diagnosis and Aggressive Treatment
The St.Vincent Neuroscience Institute at St.Vincent provides adult
and pediatric patients with brain and spinal tumors a precise diagnosis
and aggressive treatment plan, designed to provide the best possible
Evaluations and treatments involve multiple members of our
expert team in neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neurology and
neuro-oncology. From chemotherapy regimens to the latest minimally
invasive techniques involving targeted radiology beams, our staff
carefully explains available treatments.
High-Tech Treatment Options
Ronald Young, II, MD, neurosurgeon, Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine, at a brain tumor conference
Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery
St.Vincent is the first hospital in Indiana to offer Novalis Shaped
Beam Surgery, a groundbreaking treatment for tumors of the brain, spine,
liver, lung and prostate, as well as vascular (blood vessel) disorders.
This is the most advanced approach to stereotactic radiosurgery and
radiotherapy available today.
Novalis works by sending precisely
calculated doses of radiation directly to the tumor. The radiation beam
is shaped to exactly match the size and shape of the tumor from
different angles. The tumor receives the right dose of radiation, and
the healthy tissue and body parts are protected.
This type of treatment provides other benefits:
- Virtually painless and usually performed on an outpatient basis
- Fewer side effects than traditional surgery
- No scarring
- Low risk of infection
St.Vincent also offers the CyberKnife™ radiosurgery system.
CyberKnife of Indianapolis
uses the combination of robotics and real-time image guidance
technology to deliver concentrated and accurate beams of radiation to
intracranial and extracranial targets. The CyberKnife system is able to
position the patient without the use of an invasive stereotactic head
frame, and compensates for patient movement during treatment, constantly
ensuring accurate targeting.
CyberKnife can treat a variety of
lesions and malignant cancers, including ones once considered
inoperable, and tumors that have previously undergone the maximum
allowed dose of radiation. It is an excellent option for cancer patients
who are looking for a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that requires
little or no recovery time.
Patients with the following medical conditions can be helped by CyberKnife:
- Malignant brain tumors - metastases, recurrent disease
- Benign brain tumors - acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, schwannomas
- Vascular malformations - arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Functional disorders - Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Extracranial tumors and lesions - base of skull, spine/bone
(cervical, lumbar, thoracic, sacrum, pelvis), liver, lung, pancreas and
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