At the Gamma Knife Center of the Pacific, we recognize that you contribute to the decision making process. To help with this, we suggest the following: 

1. Maintain a positive relationship with your doctor. This is very beneficial for both parties.

2. Know and understand your diagnosis. Don't be afraid to ask questions or get clarification.

3. Maintain your own medical files. You can sign a release and obtain you records. Keep a copy of your MRI/CT scans or angiogram before and after treatment. Your medical folder should also contain copies of:

  • History and Physical
  • Recent Lab Reports
  • Operative Notes
  • Pathology Reports
  • Discharge Summary

4. Keep a log book. Write down when you see your doctor and what you discussed during your visit. Since treatment choice can be a stressful and emotional time, it helps to right down questions as they occur.

5. Familiarize yourself with all of the treatment options that pertain to your condition. Know what procedures your doctor performs as well as all the risks and complications. If a treatment option is better for you, it should be presented to you whether or not it is offered by your doctor or HMO. It is the law that you be informed.

6. If you desire, you should get a second or possibly even a third opinion. It is the legal and ethical responsibility of your physician to fully inform you of all your options. It is your right to obtain other professional opinions. You have the right to obtain copies of your medical records and scans.

 

Elekta Instruments Inc.
Makers of the Leksell Gamma Knife, world's leading supplier of stereotactic systems.

Web: http://www.elekta.com

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The International Radiosurgery Support Association
An independent organization dedicated to providing educational information and emotional support for radiosurgery patients.

P.O. Box 60950
Harrisburg, PA 17106-0950
Tel: (717) 671-1701
Fax: (717) 671-1703
Web: http://www.irsa.org

National Brain Tumor Foundation
785 Market Street, Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415)-284-0208
Toll Free: (800)-934-CURE
Web: http://www.braintumor.org

American Brain Tumor Association
2720 River Road
Des Plains, IL 60018
Tel: (847)-827-9910
Web: http://www.hope.abta.org

Acoustic Neuroma Association
P.O. Box 12402
Atlanta, GA 3035
Tel: (404) 237-8023
Fax (404) 237-2704
E-mail: ANAusa@aol.com
Web: http://www.anausa.org

The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association
925 Northwest 56th Terrace
Suite C
Gainesville, FL 32605-6402
Toll Free: (800)-923-3608
Web: http://www.tna-support.org