We use radiation therapy to treat central nervous system (CNS) tumors, as part of a multidisciplinary approach to manage these tumors and to prevent or significantly delay tumor recurrence. CNS tumors include both low and high grade gliomas, meningiomas, epedymomas, germ cell tumors and pituitary adenomas. We work in collaboration with Yale Cancer Center’s Brain Tumor Program.
We use several state-of-the-art technologies to pinpoint, plan and provide treatment in order to optimally individualize precise delivery of radiation therapy for CNS tumors. These include sophisticated planning software, immobilization and verification systems, as well as linear accelerators. These technologies enhance the rapid and precise delivery of daily fractionated standard or intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) prescriptions.
Our Stereotactic Radiosurgery/Gamma Knife program at the Yale Medicine Gamma Knife Center is the only radiosurgery unit in Connecticut dedicated to the treatment of head and neck conditions. A technique discovered more than 50 years ago, stereotactic radiosurgery remains the most accurate way to use radiation to destroy tumors or abnormally functioning tissue in and around the brain. Yale physicians have treated nearly 3,000 patients with stereotactic radiosurgery since 1991.
In our Spine Radiosurgery Program, we use radiotherapy, a noninvasive, painless technique that delivers high doses of radiation to destroy tumors within or near the spine. We use the most advanced equipment in the world to safely treat tumors within millimeters of the spinal cord. You may be eligible for spine radiosurgery if you have symptomatic spinal metastases, including recurrence of your disease in an area previously treated by radiation. Our goal is to provide long-lasting control of pain and local disease for patients with spinal metastases.