Is gamma knife more risky than a surgical operation in a brain tumor?

Depends. Gamma knife is a type of very precise radiation that can deliver very high doses of radiation to small confined targets. It dose not require any surgery so in this sense it is safer than an operation. However, one must take great care when using this technique to ensure that the target is drawn correctly and that proper qa and oversight occur during the delivery of treatment.
Depends. Gamma knife only good for small tumors. Whether safe or not depends on location, open surgery can visualize and avoid critical structures such as cranial nerves. For deep seated lesions open surgery may have its limitations. Ask your neurosurgeon.

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Is gamma knife surgery an option for a brain tumor?

Yes. Yes, it is an option for a brain tumor. Discuss further with your doctor if this is something available/feasible to be done in your case. Read more...
It depends. Gamma knife is a computerized way of delivering high dose radiation to a tumor without much of the radiation hurting the brain. For benign tumors like meningiomas and acoustic neuromas, tumors can be controlled for 10 to 20years and maybe more. Tumors have to be smaller than 3 cm (1 1/2 in) in diameter. Gamma knife can also slow the growth of malignant brain tumors. Read more...

I had breast cancer in 2010 and recently 3 brain tumors. Did the necessary treatments (surgery, gamma knife. I would like to know if I am considered disabled because of the remaining life span?

Yes you are. Once your cancer has spread to stage-4, it is not curable(in general). This means you are disabled for all practical purposes. Your oncologist can so state, if you request it. Read more...
Probably not. Disability is not usually judged by a person's life expectancy, but rather upon loss of particular functions, such as ability to walk, or speak, or hear, etc. One can, at a given time, be suffering from a fatal disease with a limited life expectancy but not be disabled, at least at that point in time. Read more...

Will someone with brain tumor survive after surgery?

Maybe. There are many different types of brain tumors. Only with knowledge of the type of tumor, can your question be answered. Read more...
Yes. Most patients will survive surgery for diagnosis or treatment of brain cancers. The neurosurgeon performing the procedure can discuss the risks of the surgery. Read more...

Why might a person die suddenly 3 weeks after having a successful brain tumor surgery?

Many possibilities. Many possibilities exist. Pulmonary embolus, a blood clot to the lung, is something that brain tumor patients have higher chance of having. However, heart attack, bleeding in the brain and a myriad of other reasons exist. Read more...
Many reasons. The most common cause is pulmonary embolus but if someone dies suddenly an autopsy is generally a good way to find out what happened. Read more...

Is it normal for patients who have surgery for a brain tumor to become angry and violent?

No. Personality change is not a common side effect after brain surgery. If the tumor involves both frontal lobes, then personality change may occur. Read more...
Depression/anxiety. Being diagnosed with a brain tumor can be overwhelming and threatening to your livelihood/future. Some people process their concern as anger at their situation and this can spill over on family/friends. Brain tumor support groups can help. Discuss your concerns with your doctors and some antidepressants may be needed also. Read more...

An acquaintance I know just had surgery to remove a brain tumor. They are now in chemo for a few weeks. What does this mean? Will it affect their life

Significant event. Depending on the type of brain tumor, the need for chemotherapy and/or other treatments (e.g. radiotherapy) is a significant therapeutic intervention. Most likely there will be the requirement to be cared for by a team of doctors, from neuro-oncology, to neurosurgery, and radiation oncology. Regular evaluations including clinic visits and imaging will be needed. Read more...