Side-effects rarely occur and depend largely on the disease being treated, the site of the diseased tissue and the radiation dose required. It is therefore impossible to make a sweeping statement. Obviously, potential side-effects are discussed in detail in individual cases during the preparatory stage.
During radiosurgical treatment, the diseased tissue is not removed but deactivated or killed. It is therefore necessary to check on the success of the treatment and check whether any side-effects have occurred. New MRI imaging allows doctors to measure the volumes of the tumours accurately and gauge how far malformations of blood vessels have closed off.
Whereas brain metastases generally shrink after six weeks, benign tumours need longer. Angiomas can even take several years to close. Therefore, we arrange check-ups with you at intervals of six weeks to one year, depending on the disease.
In addition to assessment of the MTI images, there is always a neurological examination. Of course, you have the opportunity to discuss the results and the continuing procedure with us in detail at any time. Because most of our patients are treated by several specialists, we consider it very important that we should be informed of the treatment you are receiving from other doctors.
If, contrary to expectation, the treatment is ineffective or new tumours occur, the therapeutic options will be discussed with you again. If side-effects occur, we clarify whether they require treatment and if necessary we start the preparations immediately.
The treatment data and the information from the follow-up examinations are kept anonymous, which means that it is impossible to see from which patient the data have been taken and entered into a database. We have a large body of treatment-relevant data and with scientific evaluation we can further improve the radiosurgical methods we employ.