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Who is not a candidate for stereotactic radiosurgery for brain tumors?

Nader Pouratian, MD
Neurosurgery
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is particularly useful for people with metastatic brain tumors (brain tumors that spread to the brain from somewhere else) who cannot safely have surgery due to the risks associated with anesthesia.

SRS may not be recommended in some instances. You may not be a candidate for stereotactic radiosurgery if you have:
  • multiple tumors
  • tumors that too large for radiosurgery
  • excessive brain swelling
In these cases, doctors will discuss other treatment options with you, including surgery, fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy, whole-brain radiation therapy or a combination of these options.

This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.

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