Radiosurgery reduces depression and improves quality of life for patients with facial pain

Amsterdam, July 3, 2017 - Doctors should consider radiosurgery earlier for patients with severe facial pain, according to a new study in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics (the "Red Journal") - the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). In the research, radiosurgery helped improve the quality of life for patients with trigeminal neuralgia and reduced their depression, which is often exacerbated by the side effects of other treatments. The authors, from Cleveland Clinic in the US, say considering radiosurgery earlier on could make a big difference to patients' lives. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a very...

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