Brain Tumors 

The XKnife is in the Community Cancer Center on the western portion of the North Shore campus.

The XKnife, an advanced radiosurgery technology, allows physicians to treat malignant and non-malignant brain tumors that can't be addressed through conventional surgery. It also provides a more precisely focused form of radiation therapy for brain tumors.

The XKnife is Stereotactic Radiosurgery, which delivers precisely focused radiation energy to brain tissues. In a single session, it covers the targeted brain tissues but spares surrounding tissues from the effects of radiation.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery may treat previously inoperable brain tumors or lesions for which the risk of surgery is too great. This "brain surgery without an incision" allows a neurosurgeon greater flexibility in offering treatment options to a patient.

Which Patients May Benefit From XKnife Treatment?

Since being developed in Sweden in the 1940s, stereotactic radiosurgery has grown more sophisticated and been used to treat a variety of conditions. The XKnife can treat both primary and secondary (metastatic) tumors of the brain and head, including many histologic types of tumors.

Our team uses XKnife to treat arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), certain types of epilepsy and pain problems, trigeminal neuralgia, retinal and other eye tumors, and movement disorders such as Parkinson's Disease.

The XKnife team analyzes each referred patient's case individually. Proper selection is necessary because all lesions may not qualify for treatment. The goal is to ensure that each patient receives the best treatment options. Patient safety always is paramount.

XKnife and Insurance

Insurance may cover the cost  for properly selected patients and conditions. North Shore will do the insurance authorization work for patients referred for treatment. We offer payment options for patients without insurance coverage or patients from outside the U.S.

Call to learn more: 305-835-6000.


All photos of models shown are for illustrative purposes only. Not actual patients.