Jefferson University Hospitals

Stereotactic Radiosurgery & Radiotherapy

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If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, spinal tumor, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or other neurological condition, you can take comfort in knowing that the experts in our Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia can provide stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatment options.

These are minimally invasive and highly effective radiation treatments for malignant or benign tumors and lesions of the brain or spine. Jefferson was the first hospital in the Delaware Valley to offer this therapy.

Conventional Fraction Stereotactic Radiotherapy

Additionally, Jefferson surgeons developed conventional fraction stereotactic radiotherapy (FSR) for patients whose vision and or hearing have been impaired by a brain tumor. With this technique, we have:

  • Restored vision unlike any other technique
  • Preserved hearing greater than any other published result
  • Extended life beyond any published series for patients with malignant gliomas

These treatments include a one-time application of a single large radiation dose – or fraction – to a tumor or tangle of abnormal blood vessels known as an AVM. The radiation effectively targets the problem area while minimizing the effects on surrounding healthy tissue.

The treatment delivery systems – gamma knife and the dedicated stereotactic linear accelerator (LINAC) – are fully integrated with the imaging systems via sophisticated hardware and high-tech computers.

Pioneering Minimally Invasive Radiosurgery Treatment for Brain Tumors

In 1994, Jefferson became the first hospital in the world to possess a LINAC machine used exclusively for stereotactic radiosurgery of the brain. In August 2014, Jefferson launched a new TrueBeam STx Slim with BrainLab Novalis. Currently, Jefferson is proud to be the fourth institution to offer this leading-edge technology in the country.

Each year, the physicians at Jefferson treat the largest combined volume of brain tumors, aneurysms and AVMs in the nation. More than 3,000 patients have received stereotactic radiosurgery or stereotactic radiotherapy treatment at Jefferson in Philadelphia.