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Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a revolutionary non-surgical radiation treatment used to treat tumors in the brain and spine.  Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is used to treat other parts of the body. SRS and SBRT deliver a potent, highly focused dose of radiation to the tumor(s) while sparing the surrounding normal tissues. This ultra precise way of delivering radiation offers an alternative for patients who are not candidates for conventional surgery.

Higher doses focused on the target cause tumors to shrink by damaging the targeted cells. The damaged cells lose their ability to grow and reproduce. SRS and SBRT is delivered in as little as one to five days as compared to the standard six to eight weeks of traditional therapy.

  • Shortens the treatment course
  • Improves tumor control
  • Reduces side effects
  • Patients who have a recurrence may be treated again
  • No surgery, surgical complications or hospital stay
  • Painless therapy
What to expect
You will have a CT or PET/CT scan to map the exact location of your tumor and create a customized treatment plan. Ink marks or small tattoo-like dots will be placed on your skin to make sure the treatments are delivered to the precise area of the tumor. If you are receiving radiation to your brain for any tumors, you will wear a mask made to fit your face and head, which will be worn during each treatment(s).
Our radiation therapists will bring you from the waiting room into the treatment room with the linear accelerator (stereotactic radiation machine) and help you with dressing and properly positioned and comfortable on the table.
Two therapists will align the radiation beams to the tattoo-like marks on your skin. This takes a couple of minutes. The therapists will leave the room to deliver and monitor your treatment.
During the stereotactic radiosurgery treatment, the machine will move over your body. You won’t feel anything. It’s much like having an x-ray. Sometimes the area can get tender and sunburned, your healthcare team will instruct you on caring for your skin.
Typically, the treatment takes about 15 – 20 minutes.