Geetanjali Medical College & Hospital’s Radiation Oncologist & Neuro-Surgeon saved a 61 years old lady suffering from acoustic neuroma by performing successful Radiation Therapy through Radio Surgery. The team of doctors included Radiation Oncologist Dr. Ramesh Purohit & Neuro-Surgeon Dr. Uday Bhaumik.
Banswara resident, Kanku Bai, aged 61 years, was suffering from ringing in the affected ear, unsteadiness, loss of balance, dizziness & headache since long. She was on medications but it was all vain as they were not helping much in recovery. On a routine consultation, she visited Geetanjali Hospital where she consulted Neuro Surgeon Dr. Uday Bhaumik. MRI investigations confirmed the presence of two centimeters tumor on the main (vestibular) nerve leading from the inner ear to brain. This is usually termed as Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma.
There are three ways of treatment for acoustic neuroma. One is observation, second is surgery & third is Radiation Therapy. As surgery may lead to permanent hearing loss; and the size of tumor in this patient was less than 3 centimeters she was thus referred to Radiation Oncologist for further treatment by Dr. Bhaumik.
Radiation Oncologist Dr. Ramesh Purohit then decided for a Single fraction stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS), in which many hundreds of small beams of radiation are aimed at the tumor in a single session. “State-of-the-art delivery techniques make it possible to send high doses of radiation to the tumor while limiting expose and damage to surrounding tissue. It works by causing tumor cells to die. The procedure lasted one hour. This procedure thereby helped in preserving the hearing capability of the patient, facial nerve’s functioning and help stopped the growth of the tumor, said Dr. Purohit.”
The patient was treated free under the flagship scheme of Rajasthan Govt.’s Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana (BSBY).