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Jefferson oncologists show focused radiation is effective as surgery against nerve tumor
Date:10/30/2007

t, with few bad side effects, Dr. Werner-Wasik says. That would be extremely unlikely to expect with a surgical approach. They report their results on October 30, 2007 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in Los Angeles.

Radiation has always been used in addition to surgery. But, Dr. Werner-Wasik points out, The use of stereotactic radiation allows safer use of radiation and can be applied in a wider variety of patients. While the standard of care has been surgery for most patients, the pendulum is swinging to radiation becoming the new standard as an initial treatment.

Dr. Showalter notes that the team would like to conduct trials testing the effectiveness of smaller doses of radiation, and examine which radiation type is more effective.

Schwannomas form on cranial nerves in the brain. Symptoms vary, depending on which cranial nerves are affected, and can include headache, hearing loss, facial pain or numbness, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing and double vision. Non-acoustic schwannomas are rare, representing about 10 percent of the approximately 3,000 cases of schwannomas that occur annually in the United States.


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Contact: Steve Benowitz
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215-955-5291
Thomas Jefferson University
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