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Why Should Patients Choose the Brain Tumor Center?

Peter R. Fried, MD, a radiation oncologist with OHC who serves as the Co-Director of the Gamma Knife Program at The Jewish Hospital, Blogs, 0 comments
March 7, 2019


Kathleen Chapman was experiencing a lack of coordination, disorientation and a noticeable dysfunction in her handwriting. She knew something was wrong and was seen by an OHC doctor for evaluation. Kathleen was diagnosed with a brain tumor. As soon as she heard the words, he world stopped. Kathleen worried about what the brain surgery would mean to her quality of life. Would surgery remove the tumor completely? Would there be side effects from brain tumor tissue damage caused by the surgery? Would she be able to care for her family?

Kathleen’s concerns are normal for patients diagnosed with brain tumors. But because she chose to be treated at OHC, Kathleen was offered a new, non-surgical option to treat her brain tumor – Gamma Knife radiosurgery, offered at the Brain Tumor Center at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health.

Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses specialized equipment to direct tiny beams of radiation precisely to the brain tumor. Each beam has minimal effect of the brain tissue it passes through. It’s a safer alternative o traditional full brain radiation and offers patients a much higher quality of life.

The precision is amazing. We use 3D imaging to pinpoint the tumor. Then we come at it with low dose radiation from multiple sides of the head. When these multiple beams meet, the result is a highly targeted high dose of radiation right at the center of the tumor. It’s the most advanced care available in the area.

“I felt so much better after the Gamma Knife procedure! I couldn’t believe it.” explained Kathleen. “Before, I felt uncoordinated, disoriented and my handwriting was bad. Afterward, my mind was clear, my handwriting was normal, and I was able to take my dog, Jack, for walks again. It was amazing.”

The doctors at the Brain Tumor Center are the most experienced in the region at treating brain tumors. OHC doctors serve as the Center’s cancer specialists, working side-by-side with Mayfield Brain & Spine and The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health to offer everything you and your family need for a brain tumor: rapid diagnosis, personalized care, and expert treatment.

OHC’s leading experts provide treatment for nearly every form of adult cancer and complex blood disorder. OHC’s clinical trials program is one of only six community oncology practices in the nation recognized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Over the last several years, OHC has participated in 80% of clinical trials in which the treatments were ultimately approved by the FDA. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, call the experts at OHC at 1-888-649-4800 or visit ohcare.com.


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