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Technology and Treatment Options

As a nationally ranked neurology and neurosurgery program by U.S. News & World Report, The University of Kansas Health System provides advanced diagnosis and innovative treatment of neurological disorders. In 2014 alone, patients traveled from a total of 43 states for inpatient and outpatient treatment.

The University of Kansas Health System offers advanced techniques and technologies to treat or remove as much of the tumor as safely as possible. These include:

Radiation and chemotherapy

If diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, your care team may discuss radiation and chemotherapy treatment options. Radiation therapy uses high doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. It can be external or internal. Chemotherapy involves taking drugs by mouth or intravenously to destroy cancer cells. The most effective chemotherapy drugs are chosen for each individual patient's case.

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy which places radioactive seeds directly into or around brain tumors, allowing very high radiation doses to the tumor while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. The seeds are created individually and customized for each patient to preserve effectiveness and ensure the physician-prescribed dosage of radiation is present within the seeds.

NeuroBlate

The state-of-the-art NeuroBlate procedure allows neurosurgeons to apply focus laser energy to ablate brain tumors while limiting injury to healthy tissue. With MRI guidance to measure heat deposited in the target tissue, laser energy is pulsed to deliver controlled thermal energy. Consecutive images of the thermal energy delivered to the physician allow real-time decisions and adjustments during the procedure.

Surgery

Surgery may be performed to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Computer-controlled stereotactic technology provides three-dimensional images so surgeons may accurately target a tumor's location. Incisions are often small, and physicians can safely reach previously inaccessible areas of the brain.

Stereotactic Radio Surgery

Stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS) is a specialized form of radiation that delivers a high dose of radiation to a precise area in only one or a few treatment sessions. It can effectively kill tumor cells in the target area and is often used in the treatment of metastatic tumors.

Optune NovoTal

Optune NovoTal is an innovative treatment system where a portable, wearable medical device, the Novo-TTF, delivers therapeutic transmissible fields to brain tumors through transducer arrays placed in the scalp. This technology is based on the observation that cell division can be stopped by exposing cancer cells to an alternating electric field.

3D printer

3D printers allow neurosurgeons to create durable, accurate models of a patient's brain tumor prior to surgery. The model allows the surgeon to plan and rehearse the procedure prior to entering the operating room. Surgeons also used the 3D printed model to help educate patients on their tumor and understand the steps of the surgery.