Best Patients for Gamma Knife Procedure

Each year, hundreds of patients come to the Wake Forest Gamma Knife Center for their cancer treatment. These patients often have the following conditions:

Wake Forest Gamma Knife Center is one of the most active Gamma Knife centers in the U.S.

Our experts determine which patients can be treated best by Gamma Knife radiosurgery. The team reviews each patient’s medical history; results of MRIs, CT scans or other imaging; and lab tests. Candidates for Gamma Knife surgery are scheduled for an in-person consultation. Many have surgery the next day.

Often, the team recommends Gamma Knife radiosurgery for patients:

  • With brain tumors too difficult to reach with traditional brain surgery
  • With brain tumors dangerously close to critical structures, such as the brain stem or optic nerve
  • Who aren’t healthy enough to have traditional brain surgery
  • Who have had traditional brain surgery that hasn’t worked
  • Who have metastatic brain tumors but already are having chemotherapy or radiation therapy for their primary cancer
  • Who have metastatic brain tumors that have come back after previous radiation 

Even for patients who can have traditional brain surgery, there are many advantages of Gamma Knife radiosurgery, either instead of or in addition to other treatments.

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