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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is gamma-knife surgery an alternative to a craniotomy?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
It may be: It may be. It depends on the specific circumstances, so not enough information in question stem to answer definitively.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Sometimes: Gammaknife or radiosurgery is occasionally an alternative in the case of smaller tumors, tumors in hard to reach locations, patients who are unfit for surgery, or sometimes in the case of multiple tumors. It is best to discuss with your doctors about both alternatives in detail.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016


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