Reports of tumor response to standard external beam radiotherapy are variable except in the case of malignant tumors and hemangiopericy-tomas, where there does appear to be some benefit. Recently, attention has been focused on conformal techniques such as stereotactically directed gamma rays ("gamma knife") or X-rays. The object of these techniques is to prevent disease progression while preserving neurological function. Encouraging results have recently been published with progression control in more than 80% . However, the results of studies with longer follow-up times are awaited.
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