Revolutionary technology provides a less-invasive treatment option.
Sharp HealthCare offers the Novalis®-Shaped Beam Surgery device for patients undergoing stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic radiotherapy or intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
This advanced treatment device combines the benefits of the latest radiosurgery and radiotherapy technology into one tool. Physicians primarily use Novalis to treat patients with brain tumors such as gliomas, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas and pituitary tumors. Novalis can also be used to treat other types of cancers, including prostate cancer,lung cancer as well as tumors that have spread to the brain.
In addition, Novalis radiosurgery is an effective treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is a severe, stabbing pain to one side of the face. It stems from one or more branches of the nerve (trigeminal nerve) that supplies sensation to the face.
How Does It Work?
The Novalis system shapes the radiation beam to match the exact contour of the targeted area; it successfully targets even irregularly shaped tumors or lesions so they receive doses of radiation consistent with what your doctor prescribed.
The Novalis system's sophisticated software calculates the ideal access points to the tumor or lesion and defines the treatment plan. Because of the tremendous accuracy and precision, the tool delivers the full dose of radiation to the tumor or lesion and reduces the damage to the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.
Benefits of Novalis
Novalis offers radiation therapy that is delivered in a noninvasive manner. A single treatment session is typically 15 minutes or less. Most importantly, through precise delivery of radiation, side effects may be significantly reduced.
Find a San Diego Oncologist
For more information about cancer services at Sharp HealthCare or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego oncologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.
For More Cancer Care Information
The Novalis-Shaped Beam Surgery device is currently offered at Sharp Memorial Hospital.