Voices Against Brain Cancer, Supporters of Brain Cancer Research, React to Non-Invasive Surgical Procedure

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Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) reacts to an article released on The Destin Log discussing a new tool being offered at Sacred Heart Hospital that allows doctors to conduct a non-invasive method of brain surgery.

On March 9, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) releases a statement reacting to an article released by The Destin Log explaining a new tool offered by Sacred Heart Hospital to conduct a non-invasive method of brain surgery.

The Destin Log article reports that one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s newest tools is called the Gamma Knife Perfexion. While called a knife, the article explains that “It uses finely-focused beams of radiation to target abnormalities in the brain without open surgery.”

The article states that gamma technology can be used in the treatment of multiple maladies. Brain tumors and selected functional disorders are listed as a few of the problems that can be treated. The article notes that Sacred Heart Hospital is only one of 275 facilities that offer the non-invasive brain surgery throughout the world, but it will be the first along the Gulf Coast. Sacred Heart Hospital’s Dr. Michael Goodman is cited as treating over three thousand patients with the Gamma Knife.

Furthermore, the article notes how “The alternative to treatment with the Gamma Knife is traditional brain surgery, which involves certain risks and complications. Patients benefit from Gamma Knife’s non-invasive nature and documented clinical results. The patient often leaves the hospital the same day and returns to daily life.”

Michael Klipper, Chairman of VABC, offers his reaction to the Gamma Knife in treating patients diagnosed with brain cancer. “Traditional means of treating brain cancer are so often debilitating. Gamma Knife treatments hold real promise,” says Klipper. “If a patient can seek a treatment for a serious problem and literally walk out the door after it’s done, the encouragement that that will provide may help those stricken with brain cancer find hope in future efforts focused on brain cancer research.

VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.

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