MEDICAL SCHOOL NEWS: U of M Team Receives Award for Use of GammaTile Technology in Brain Tumor Treatment

Dr. Kathryn Dusenbery receiving the GammaTile award.

GT Medical, the supplier of GammaTiles, recently awarded University of Minnesota Medical School faculty, Clark Chen, MD, PhD, head of the Department of Neurosurgery, Kathryn Dusenbery, MD, head of the Department of Radiation Oncology, and Clara Ferreira, PhD, assistant professor of Radiation Oncology, its “Appreciation of Excellence'' award for their groundbreaking work in recurrent brain tumor treatment.

The key to the success of the GammaTile program is innovative collaboration, according to Drs. Ferreira, Dusenbery and Chen. Because distinct expertise is required for different phases of the treatment, Dr. Ferreira said, “GammaTile treatment wouldn’t have been possible without collaboration.” 

The use of GammaTile therapy still relies heavily on combined therapy; and, GammaTile will not be curative for all brain tumor patients. Dr. Dusenbery noted, “It is another tool in our toolbox. Not the be-all, end-all. But, another tool.”

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