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Dr. Bruce Andrew McGibbon, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
77 Lafayette Place
Greenwich, CT

Dr. Bruce McGibbon's area of specialization is radiation oncology. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. McGibbon is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. McGibbon performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Screening, Thyroid Cancer, Brachytherapy, Brain Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark H Camel, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
40 Valley Drive; 6 Greenwich Office Park
Greenwich, CT

Dr. Mark Camel's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Great-West Healthcare, ConnectiCare, Cigna, and more. Dr. Camel's practice is open to new patients. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Camel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Albanian, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , Gamma Knife radiosurgery

All Interests: Meningioma, Hydrocephalus, Bleeding, Herniated Disc, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Cervical Fusion, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Ernest Hansen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
77 Lafayette Place
Greenwich, CT

Dr. James Hansen's medical specialty is radiation oncology. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Hansen attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass brachytherapy (seed implants) and gamma knife radiosurgery. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Griffin Hospital, and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hansen has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Gamma Knife radiosurgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Brachytherapy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

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What is Stereotactic Radiosurgery?

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a type of radiation therapy used in the treatment of tumors, cancers, and other conditions. It uses precise beams to attack the DNA of affected cells in particular areas of the body, limiting the area that is exposed to radiation so that healthy cells can be avoided. With their DNA damaged, the diseased cells are unable to reproduce, and they shrink over time. Despite its name, stereotactic radiosurgery is nonsurgical: radiation beams are delivered from outside of the body, and no incisions are required. SRS can be done on the brain (cranial radiosurgery), the spine (spinal radiosurgery), and other areas of the body (stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT).

SRS can be used alone or as a supplement to other treatments. Because it minimizes damage to healthy tissue, it is preferred over less specific radiation therapies when possible, such as conventional external beam radiation (EBRT), especially in sensitive regions like the brain. Whereas conventional EBRT would target the whole brain, cranial SRS could be performed with greater specificity, making it suitable for smaller tumors and those in difficult-to-reach locations.

In determining your treatment plan, your doctors will also need to consider the urgency of your condition. Radiation therapies take time before they are effective. Depending on what is being treated, it may be weeks (arteriovenous malformations, or tangled blood vessels), months (cancerous, or malignant, tumors), or even years (non-cancerous, or benign, tumors) before you experience the benefits from SRS. For situations that require more immediate care, open surgery may be the first option. SRS might then be performed to eliminate any remaining diseased cells.

SRS machines typically differ based on the type of beams they deliver. Two common brands of machines include the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife.

  • Gamma Knife machines are usually used to deliver gamma rays to small brain tumors and other brain lesions, although they can also target the neck and head. Gamma Knife radiosurgery requires that you wear a large head frame during treatment. Treatment is completed in a single session, and multiple areas can be targeted in one sitting.
  • CyberKnife radiosurgery can deliver X-rays to any part of the body, using a robotic arm, which allows this technique to accommodate for tumor or patient movement, such as breathing. You will receive your treatment lying down while the system moves around you. Treatment may occur in single or multiple sessions.

Cranial and spinal radiosurgery are usually completed in a single treatment session, while SBRT tends to require multiple. Each session can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the type of treatment and the target location. You may return home the same day that you receive your treatment and resume normal activities within 2-3 days.

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