Brain Metastases

For more information or questions
about Gamma Knife at UAMS please
email the UAMS Gamma Knife
Coordinator Karen Baxter-Rhodes, RN
at BaxterrhoadesKarenL@uams.edu.

Pre-operative image Gamma Knife treatment targeted only the tumor, sparing surrounding brain. The image below is a 4 month post-treatment scan. The tumor is much smaller and the swelling around the tumor has also resolved.

Post-operative

Metastatic brain tumors are the most common type of brain tumor diagnosed today, and approximately 1,700 new patients are diagnosed in Arkansas each year. Brain metastases are actually cancer cells that have spread to the brain from another site in the body, such as the lung or breast, to form a brain tumor. Most brain metastases come from cancers of the lung, breast, kidney, colon, prostate, bladder and melanoma.

While most brain metastases have little or no symptoms, common symptoms of these tumors can include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

Brain metastases are usually diagnosed with an MRI, CT scan, PET scan or biopsy performed during routine medical exams of cancer patients. Once you are diagnosed with brain metastases, our experienced team of physicians will work to provide the best care possible for your condition. Our cutting-edge treatment methods at UAMS are able to provide options that are not available at other treatment centers in Arkansas.

Whole brain radiation therapy and conventional open surgery have typically been the treatment options available for patients with metastatic brain tumors. However, the rigors of open surgery and side effects of whole brain irradiation may make these treatment options in advisable for some patients or impede other treatments. If you have brain metastases, the Gamma Knife® is another treatment method that you should consider. UAMS is the only facility in the state to offer this revolutionary, non-invasive treatment to patients with brain metastases and other diseases of the brain. Learn about neurorecognition in patients with brain metastases treated with radiosurgery.

The Gamma Knife is actually not a knife at all, but is a remarkable device that treats abnormal areas of the brain without making a single incision. The Gamma Knife has a proven record in the treatment of brain metastases, achieving tumor control in 92% of cases. The Gamma Knife also allows UAMS doctors to treat tumors that were previously considered inoperable because of location, a patient’s age or medical condition.

Please contact us at 501-603-1800 or UAMS Gamma Knife Coordinator Karen Baxter-Rhodes, RN at BaxterrhoadesKarenL@uams.edu for more information on the Gamma Knife or to learn other ways we treat brain metastases at UAMS.