Study reports innovative combination of minimally invasive procedures Laser Interstitial Thermotherapy (LITT) & ‘mini’ craniotomy for treating ‘inoperable’ brain tumors

Wednesday, October 05, 2016
CLEVELAND – A new paper in the October issue of the journal Neurosurgical Focus finds the use of laser beneficial for the removal of large, “inoperable” glioblastoma (GBM) and other types of brain tumors.  The paper is authored by Andrew Sloan, MD, and colleagues from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.  (The paper can be found:
http://thejns.org/doi/full/10.3171/2016.8.FOCUS16233.  A video abstract about it can be found:
https://vimeo.com/182386724. )
 
Dr. Sloan and other investigators at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center led the first in human trials, published in 2013, of a procedure with laser interstitial thermotherapy (LITT), a minimally invasive approach using a laser to “cook” a tumor through a tiny hole in the scalp and bone and the intra-operative MRI (iMRI) to fine tune the treatment rather than the surgeon’s direct vision.   

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