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Tampa General Hospital offers new treatment option for recurring brain cancer to improve quality of life


Surgical radiation therapy targeted inside the brain offers treatment for recurrent cancer after tumor removal.

TAMPA, Florida., July 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Doctors from Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine are the first Hillsborough County to offer patients suffering from recurrent brain tumors a revolutionary treatment.

Doctors at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine offer a breakthrough treatment for patients with recurring brain tumors. Known as GammaTile, the FDA-approved procedure places a postage stamp-sized tile of bio-absorbable collagen into the tumor site, immediately after surgery to remove the tumor.

Known as GammaTile, the FDA-approved procedure places a postage stamp-sized tile of bio-absorbable collagen into the tumor site, immediately after surgery to remove the tumor. The procedure slows the progression of a recurrent brain tumor by immediately targeting residual tumor cells with precise doses of gamma rays before these cells can significantly replicate.

“This new approach expands future horizons because it increases options for patients with recurrent disease who cannot tolerate more external radiation,” said Dr. Jean-David, Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Director of Brachytherapy (Internal Radiation Therapy) Services and Senior Physician for Radiopharmaceuticals at Tampa General. “GammaTile delivers internal radiation to the specific area of ​​the tumor as an additional treatment and a game-changer for patients with recurrent brain tumors.”

Every year in United States, more than 200,000 people are diagnosed with aggressive brain tumors that spread rapidly, develop resistance to certain treatments and are often fatal. Surgical resection, chemotherapy and radiotherapy have been the traditional approaches to fight these brain tumors such as glioblastomas, gliomas and meningiomas.

GammaTile at Tampa General offers a potentially life-extending option when traditional methods, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy, fail to stop the recurrence of aggressive brain cancers. Many patients with recurrent brain tumors have received levels of radiation therapy that cause the risk of additional exposure to outweigh the potential benefits of additional treatment. As a result, these patients are left with surgery as their only option. Unfortunately, surgery to remove the tumor is rarely enough to prevent the growth of residual cancer cells.

“GammaTile begins targeting all recurrent tumor cells immediately after placement,” said Dr. Richard Tuli, chairman of the department of radiation oncology at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, chief of radiation oncology at Tampa General, and associate director of the TGH Cancer Institute. “With traditional treatments, patients often had to wait for their surgical wounds to heal before undergoing radiation therapy. In addition, their treatment likely required multiple visits to receive the recommended dose. GammaTile allows potentially life-saving radiation treatments to begin as soon as they have surgery The introduction of this treatment is another example of the kind of innovation and multidisciplinary care that patients can expect from the TGH Cancer Institute.

In clinical trials, patients treated with GammaTile therapy did not need to travel to the hospital or clinic and were able to go about their daily lives. The tile is isolated except for a small area which allows the targeted dose to be concentrated at the site most likely to have a recurrence, which spares healthy tissue and may limit side effects such as loss hair. The tile dissolves harmlessly, so no further surgery is needed to remove it.

“Working as a team, neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists can use this innovative treatment for recurrent brain cancer right in the operating room, providing patients with a better quality of life,” said Dr. Harry van Loveren, medical director of neurosurgery at Tampa General. and chairman of the department of neurosurgery and brain repair at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “It’s a truly multidisciplinary approach that considers the whole patient and gives each patient the opportunity to continue to fight brain cancer.”

For more information about GammaTile and other innovative radiation oncology treatments offered at the TGH Cancer Institute, call 813-844-3903 or visit https://www.tgh.org/institutes-and-services /cancer-institute.


Tampa General Hospital, a 1,041-bed nonprofit academic medical center, is one of America’s largest hospitals and provides world-class care as the region’s only trauma center. level I and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 Best Hospitals, and one of the top four hospitals in Floridawith five specialties ranked among the best programs in United States. Tampa General Hospital was named a Model of Excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative list of Top 100 Hospitals. The University Medical Center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious 2021 Forbes magazine rankings – America’s Best Employers by State, Third out of Florida’s 100 Companies and First Among Healthcare Organizations and and 13th nationally among America’s Top Employers. for women. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2020 provided net community benefit worth more than $182.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and the primary teaching hospital for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With six medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports seriously injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General is home to a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed neuroscience and critical care unit is the largest on the west coast of Florida. It also houses the 82-bed Jennifer Leigh Muma Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group primary care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health, and 19 outpatient radiology centers. Tampa Bay Area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care network of clinics powered by Fast Track, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track. As one of the largest hospitals in the nation, Tampa General Hospital is the first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve and better coordinate patient care at lower cost. For more information, visit www.tgh.org.

About USF Health

USF Health’s mission is to imagine and implement the future of healthcare. It is the partnership of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, Taneja College of Pharmacy, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Curriculum graduate and postdoctoral fellowships in biomedical sciences and USF Health. group of multi-specialist physicians. The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the nation has moved up the US News and World Report national university rankings faster than USF. For more information, visit health.usf.edu.

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