What is the difference between radiosurgery and radiotherapy?

The difference between stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy has to do with the intensity and duration of the radiation treatments. Stereotactic radiosurgery delivers radiation at a very high intensity, all at once, to a small area.

What is the success rate of whole brain radiation?

Median survival with brain metastases was 4.43 months (0.73–78.53). The one-year OS for patients with one metastasis was 42% versus 15% for more than one (p<0.04). The presence of extracerebral metastases significantly decreased OS from 39% without extracerebral metastases to 19%.

When is whole brain radiation used?

Whole-brain radiation therapy targets the entire brain, treating even microscopic tumors that can’t be seen on an MRI scan. Common side effects include fatigue, hair loss and memory problems. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a more focused therapy that aims a very high dose of radiation at only the tumor itself.

How many treatments of whole brain radiation are there?

Whole-brain radiation applies radiation to the entire brain in order to kill tumor cells. People undergoing whole-brain radiation usually require 10 to 15 treatments over two to three weeks. Side effects may include fatigue, nausea and hair loss. Long-term, whole-brain radiation is associated with cognitive decline.

How does radiosurgery work?

How does radiosurgery work? Radiosurgery works in the same manner as other types of therapeutic radiology. It distorts or destroys the DNA of tumor cells, causing them to be unable to reproduce and grow. The tumor will shrink in size over time.

Is radiation on brain painful?

Avoid sun exposure, which can worsen the irritation. Some short-term memory loss and difficulty thinking can occur if you are treated with whole-brain radiation therapy. Brain tissue swelling can develop during treatment. You may get a headache or feel pressure in your head if this occurs.

Is brain Mets a death sentence?

The diagnosis of brain metastasis currently represents a death sentence, and as treatment options have improved for primary and non-brain metastatic cancers, that fact has become increasingly conspicuous.

Is radiation to the brain painful?

How long after brain radiation will I feel better?

It may even become bright red or very dark later on. It may also feel dry and itchy and look flaky. These symptoms will gradually decrease about 3 or 4 weeks after you finish your treatments.

Will my hair grow back after whole brain radiation?

Two to 3 weeks after your radiation therapy begins, you’ll probably lose some of the hair on your scalp. Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect. Your hair will usually grow back 3 to 6 months after your treatment is completed. The color and texture of your hair may be different after your radiation therapy.

Can you have whole brain radiation twice?

Whole Brain Radiotherapy (WBRT) has been established as the treatment standard in patients with multiple cerebral metastases from solid tumors. However, intracerebral recurrence is possible and a repeated WBRT may be indicated to improve intracerebral tumor control.