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06 Jan 2015

Submission for Single-Dose Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Stereotactic radiosurgery is specific type of radiotherapy for brain tumours. It is delivered in one dose. Some of the more commonly known types of stereotactic radiosurgery include Gamma Knife and CyberKnife. It is not whole brain radiotherapy.

In November 2012, BCNA wrote to the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) about the benefits of this type of radiotherapy for women with secondary breast cancer in the brain. The cost of some types of this radiotherapy is prohibitive to most women. We hope that MSAC will review the evidence in favour of this treatment and recommend to the Minister of Health that the subsidy for this treatment be increased, lessening the out of pocket costs for women.

Unfortunately, the process for MSAC to review the evidence and make recommendations can be lengthy, so it may take one to two years before a decision on this application is reached.

BCNA thanks the women who assisted us with developing this submission:

  • Susanne Murphy
  • Marlene Parsons

We also thank the medical professionals that reviewed the submission.

The full submission is available for download below.