Research & Publications

May 24, 2019

West Cancer Center & Semmes Murphey Partner to Develop a New, Noninvasive Alternative for Cancer Patients

West Cancer Center & Research Institute and Semmes Murphey Clinic have partnered together to advance a new and noninvasive procedure for treating brain tumor, trigeminal neuralgia, and meningioma patients with Gamma Radiosurgery, also known as Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery is administered on a radiation machine called a MASEP Infini®, and Memphis is home to one of only two in the United States (located at Methodist University Hospital with Radiosurgical Center of Memphis).

It is an extremely effective, comfortable, and safe procedure. There is no incision and patients do not need their head shaved. Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery focuses tiny beams of radiation on a specific target within the brain, without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. The treatment is usually a one-time therapy completed in a single day.

Semmes Murphey neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffery Sorenson, was among the team who administered the first Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery treatment in the Mid-South.

"Our first treatment went really well. The treatment took a fraction of the time that the older technology we were previously using took. The MASEP Infini® system will also allow for more advanced pre-treatment collaboration between the surgeon and radiation oncologist for complex cases. We are at the beginning of a new era for radiosurgery." - Dr. Jeffery Sorenson

The collaboration between the West Cancer Center & Research Institute and Semmes Murphey Clinic is at the forefront of researching and developing new technology for stereotactic radiation therapies. According to Dr. Matthew Ballo, Director of Radiation Oncology at West Cancer Center & Research Institute, "Our goal is to further develop the Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery procedure using a MASEP Infini® to then distribute this technology and our knowledge to other areas of the country to offer a new therapy option to cancer patients."

To learn more about Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiosurgical Center of Memphis, visit their website here.

Source article from CISION PR Newswire