Steps to take before Craniospinal Irradiation
As Craniospinal irradiation is used to treat one of the most sensitive childhood brain tumours, an informed consent from the parents must be taken. The patients are often very young and can face long-term risks of the treatment, therefore, doctors should apprise the patient and the parent about all the probable risks involved.
What happens during the procedure?
In the initial stage, Craniospinal (spine and skull) axis is given treatment. The spinal field is first exposed to high beam rays, and a measured dose is given to the layer of tissues (meninges) in the central nervous system. Then rest of the spinal field is given the radiation therapy. As the next step in the first stage treatment, the skull and back spinal field are exposed to high-beam rays. In the second phase, the primary tumour site is directly targeted with high-intensity rays, and 3D imaging technique is used to map the exact site. Since this area is exposed to higher intensity rays, adequate measurement is critical.
After Craniospinal Irradiation
After the completion of the treatment, you will need to visit your radiation oncologist to monitor growth. At Medanta, you will be guided through every step of the process and will be provided utmost care.