As one of the most advanced cancer treatment options available, radiosurgery helps people with cancer and other health conditions to continue to work, spend time with family and friends, and take part in their favorite activities.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), or Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) (sometimes also called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy or SABR), is a form of radiation therapy that focuses high-powered X-rays on a small area of the body. It has the ability to deliver the highest dose rates to treat tumors deep inside the body and brain.
Despite its name, radiosurgery is a therapy ¬– not a surgical procedure – and treatment is usually completed in one to five sessions.
Precise, effective and powerful, radiotherapy offers hope to those with conditions once considered untreatable and for whom surgery is not an option.
How does it work?
Radiosurgery tools deliver precise treatment to tumors and other conditions that require targeted therapy. This allows us to care for highly complex cases and tailor treatments based on tumor type, size and location.
During the therapy session, a safe amount of radiation is shaped precisely into the tumor or lesion, virtually ensuring the prescribed dose of treatment is delivered to the entire area, sparing surrounding healthy tissue.
The entire course of SRS or SBRT is completed in one to five treatments, depending on the type of cancer and location of the tumor.
Therapy is personalized, and the expert team at Sanford Cancer strives to offer flexible treatment options that ensure that patients receive the best treatment for their conditions.
What conditions does it treat?
SRS/SBRT is a treatment option for many conditions. SRS/SBRT is a non-invasive treatment, meaning there is no need for incisions. It is appropriate for both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancer) tumors.
In particular, image-guided radiotherapy makes it highly effective for spine, lung and liver treatments as well as functional disorders.
Radiosurgery treats non-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the body including:
- Acoustic neuromas
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
- Brain metastases/gliomas
- Cavernous angiomas
- Liver tumors/metastases
- Lung tumors/metastases
- Meningiomas of the skull base
- Pediatric brain tumors
- Pituitary adenomas
- Prostate cancer/metastases
- Recurrent brain tumors
- Spine tumors/metastases
- Trigeminal neuralgia