Upstate Introduces GammaTile to Deliver Radiation After Brain Tumor Surgery

Patients with some types of cancerous brain tumors require radiation treatment after they have the tumor removed, to destroy any remaining cancer cells.

Neurosurgeon Harish Babu, MD, PhD, is co-director of Upstate’s brain tumor program and director of minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Now there’s the option to have the tumor removed and replaced by postage stamp-sized radiation sources, in the same operation. It’s called GammaTile Therapy.

IEEE Pulse Feature: Harnessing Another Tool for Treating Brain Cancer

Imagining a future with new life-saving approaches for brain cancer may soon become reality. “I think the holy grail is some kind of treatment that cures a person from a biologic level. If we could cure without radiation at all that would be ideal,” Mohiuddin says. For the thousands of people diagnosed with brain cancer every year, this future can’t come soon enough. Until then, the addition of new tools such as GammaTile offer some hope for living with brain cancer.