Patient Support

Patient Support

At Gamma Knife Center of the Pacific, we want our patients and their loved ones to feel fully informed, cared for and comfortable with every aspect of the Gamma Knife treatment program. In preparing for your visit, please take the following steps to help ensure a positive, successful experience, and check out the list of brain disorder resources below:

  • Maintain a positive relationship with your doctor to benefit both you and your treatment team. 
  • Know and understand your diagnosis. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or get clarification on any part of the treatment process.
  • Maintain your own medical files. Be sure to sign a medical information release and obtain your records. Keep a copy of your MRI/CT scans or angiogram before and after treatment. Your medical folder should also contain copies of the following:
    • your medical history and physical
    • recent lab reports
    • operative notes
    • pathology reports
    • discharge summary
  • Keep a log book to record what was discussed during your visits. Write down questions or concerns as they arise to help minimize the stress of treatment.
  • Familiarize yourself with the options. Know what procedures your doctor performs, and the risks and complications involved. Your physician is legally (and ethically) required to inform you of all treatment options available, whether or not they are offered by your doctor or HMO. 
  • Seek a second or even a third medical opinion if you so choose. You have the right to do so, and to obtain copies of your medical records and scans for the purpose of getting an outside opinion.

Gamma Knife / Brain Disorder Resources

Elekta Instruments Inc.
(Gamma Knife manufacturer)

Elekta Inc. video on Gamma Knife:

National Brain Tumor Foundation
785 Market Street, Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415)-284-0208
Toll Free: (800)-934-CURE

American Brain Tumor Association
2720 River Road
Des Plains, IL 60018
Tel: (847)-827-9910

Acoustic Neuroma Association
P.O. Box 12402
Atlanta, GA 3035
Tel: (404)-237-8023
Fax: (404)-237-2704

The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association
925 Northwest 56th Terrace
Suite C
Gainesville, FL 32605-6402
Toll Free: (800)-923-3608

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