Conditions we treat
Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland at the Princess Alexandra Hospital treats the following conditions:
- metastatic tumours
- acoustic neuroma
- pituitary and parasellar tumours
- small to medium intracranial ateriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- trigeminal neuralgia and other neurological conditions
- glomus tumours
- other selected benign and malignant conditions.
Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will be accepting referrals immediately, depending on the clinical condition. Please note that the Gamma Knife Multidisciplinary Meetings (GKMDM) and treatment will not commence until August 2015. If your patient is not suitable for treatment with Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ you will be notified as soon as possible.
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For general information regarding Metro South Health referrals, please refer to the referral section of our website.
Multi-disciplinary team approach
The Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will be provided in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment, with engagement of key clinical state wide stakeholders. This will be facilitated by the establishment of a weekly Gamma Knife Multidisciplinary Meeting (GKMDM) which will determine appropriate patient selection for Gamma Knife® treatment. The GKMDM will incorporate the use of Telehealth services as required. Representation at the GKMDM will include Radiation Oncology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Nursing, Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology Medical Physics. Referring doctors will remain informed of all decisions made by the GKMDM.
Our cancer specialty areas
The Princess Alexandra Hospital is a world-class cancer centre specialising in diagnosis, treatment, care, education and research. The Division of Cancer Services, within the Princess Alexandra Hospital, uses state of the art technology to treat a wide range of malignant and benign conditions. With highly skilled staff conducting international research and training, the service continually delivers an exceptionally high standard of patient centered care.
An integral part of the Division of Cancer Services, the Radiation Oncology unit has an international reputation in the delivery of highly targeted (stereotactic) body and brain radiation therapy. The current service is one of the busiest in the country, delivering highly specialised treatment to common and rare cancers, all with a varying degree of complexity.
Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland will be an exciting addition to the Radiation Oncology Unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Not only will the service be the first of its kind in Queensland, but it will also be the first in Australia to offer Gamma Knife® to public hospital patients. The acquisition of the Gamma Knife® service is an essential step in establishing a gold standard Radiosurgery service for the treatment of brain tumours and other neurological conditions.
Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland will be established as a Centre of Excellence in the delivery of stereotactic radiosurgery and provide training and education for the Asia/Pacific region.
About two-thirds of people living in Queensland are located in Brisbane and major towns along the Queensland coastline. The remainder live in small rural towns in country locations. The use of Telehealth may help improve equity of access between rural, regional and urban populations. The Princess Alexandra Hospital, in collaboration with the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH), has developed one of the most sophisticated telehealth centres in Australia. The PAH Telehealth Centre is a purpose built facility equipped with a series of state-of-the-art telemedicine consultation rooms for clinical consultations. The broad aim of the centre is to facilitate the use of telehealth amongst the broad number of specialties within the health service – in such a way that services are of a high standard, appropriate, economical and sustainable.
The Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland at the Princess Alexandra Hospital is proud to be affiliated with the COH and will work together to offer regional and remote patient’s a convenient and cost effective service.