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  1. Arti says:

    However, the risk of necrosis has declined in recent years with the advent of the newer, targeted radiation therapies described above and the emergence of powerful imaging, brain mapping and information technologies. This can occur six months to a number of years after treatment. Radiation is a powerful weapon against cancer cells, but a fewtimes it kills healthy brain tissue as well—a severe side effect called radiation necrosis. Necrosis (a late effect of high doses of radiation) can cause headaches, seizures, or even death in a small number of cases. Regular follow-up treatment is extremely important after treatment for a brain tumor. Your physician may also recommend home care, occupational or vocational therapy, pain management, physical therapy and participation in support groups. Over the past decade, improvements in fractionated and stereotactic radiotherapy are bringing new hope to patients with brain tumors, both in terms of survival and quality of life. Positron emission tomography (PET) scans are rarely used in patients with brain tumors, although they may be used to monitor extracranial (outside of the brain) disease. Besides regular physical and neurological exams and blood tests, y Besides regular physical and neurological exams and blood tests, you may need periodic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), MR spectroscopy, perfusion or diffusion MRI, and/or computed tomography (CT).

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