Brain tumors can be either benign or malignant. The goal for both types of tumors is to remove as much of them as possible while minimizing brain damage.
“With most tumors, I use stereotactic computer assisted guidance when I operate,” says Louis P. Caragine Jr., MD, PhD, FAANS, director of cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgey at Saint Francis Medical Center. “This means I use computers to determine where the tumor is so I can cut a much smaller opening in the skull at exactly the right place.”
For some brain tumors, Dr. Caragine works with the radiation oncologists at Saint Francis to use the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, a minimally invasive tool that delivers focused beam radiation directly to the tumor. This radiation can shrink the tumor, reducing its effects and giving patients a higher quality of life.
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