Radiation Therapy/Radiosurgery for Pituitary Diseases
Some large and/or aggressive pituitary tumors respond well to standard irradiation or stereotactic radiosurgery as adjunctive therapy to neurosurgery. The Pituitary Center provides expertise in this area and offers many comprehensive treatment options utilizing irradiation when necessary.
- External beam radiation therapy treatments are performed with a dual energy Varian linear accelerator with multileaf collimator, 2100 EX.
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) using the Cyberknife radiosurgery system (that was discovered and implemented at Stanford) consists of a single or several focused high dose of radiation therapy, is offered to treat some pituitary tumors. The Cyberknife is a frameless, accurate method for administering radiosurgery.
- Three-dimensional treatment planning using both CT and MRI imaging is accomplished with a dosimetrist and a Radiation Oncologist experienced in recognizing and treating many rare and complex tumor types.