NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) now offers Gamma Knife Perfexion, a non-invasive tool specifically designed to treat lesions and tumors in the brain and upper spinal cord without harming healthy surrounding tissue.

RWJUH is the first and only facility in central Jersey offering the procedure, the most advanced and accurate generation of such technology.

The treatment is offered at the new, state-of-the-art Gamma Knife Center at RWJUH, which was completed in early 2011, on the first floor at 10 Plum St.

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The center was designed with a special focus on patient convenience and comfort.

“We chose this technology because it is the gold standard tool to treat diseases of the brain, and it is being used collaboratively among our radiation oncologists and our neurosurgeons,” said David Fernandez, vice president of the Cancer Hospital and Neuroscience Center at RWJUH.

“As gamma knife surgical technology has evolved over the years, it has become significantly refined with advanced engineering in radiation physics, robotic controls and computerized treatment planning for the most precise and targeted treatments available today,” he said.

The hospital’s Gamma Knife Center team includes a fellowship-trained radio surgeon, neuro-focused radiation oncologists, a physicist and experienced nursing director.

As the principal teaching hospital for UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and flagship hospital for The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, RWJ is home to the region’s widest range of neurosurgical and cancer treatment options.

Gamma Knife technology is the most accepted and widely used radio surgery treatment in the world. About half a million people have undergone gamma knife treatment, and it’s the only radiation therapy system cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for irradiating brain metastases.

Recent research published in the Journal of Neurosurgery found that gamma knife treatment proved less harmful to normal brain tissue surrounding brain tumors than other commonly used treatment options such as Cyber knife and Novalis (http://thejns.org/doi/abs/10.3171/2011.1.JNS101056).

Gamma Knife Perfexion can be used to treat a wide range of brain diseases and spinal conditions including:

  • Primary and metastatic brain tumors
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Meningiomas
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Functional and pain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and trigeminal neuralgia.

“Because Gamma Knife surgery is non-invasive, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and offers many benefits over traditional surgery such as fewer side effects, no incisions, fewer potential complications, shorter treatment times and greater convenience for our patients,” said Dr. Shabbar Danish, assistant professor of surgery in the division of neurosurgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and director of The Gamma Knife Treatment Center and Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at RWJUH.

For more information about the Gamma Knife Center at RWJUH, visit http://www.rwjuh.edu/gamma-knife/.

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