Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is used to treat small tumors in the chest, abdomen or pelvis that conventional radiation or surgery may not be advised for, including:
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Trigeminal Neuralgia (TGN)
- Liver Cancer
- Kidney & Renal-Cell Cancer
- Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma)
- Bone Cancer
- Soft-Tissue Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Cancers that started elsewhere and spread (metastases)
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is used to treat conditions involving the brain or spine including:
- Cancers that start in the brain (gliomas and other primary brain tumors)
- Cancers that spread to the brain (brain metastases)
- Benign tumors arising from the membranes covering the brain (meningiomas)
- Benign tumors of the inner ear (acoustic neuromas)
- Abnormal blood vessels in the brain (arteriovenous malformations)
- Pituitary adenomas
- Optic nerve and retinal tumors
- Spinal Tumors
These lists cover commonly treated conditions but cannot include every possibility. Stereotactic Radiosurgery may be safer and more effective for other cancers whose treatments may include traditional, invasive surgery or conventional radiation therapy.
The advantage of SRS/SBRT is it delivers a focused beam of radiation, non-invasively, to the cancer in a shorter amount of time than traditional treatments. Plus the treatment is delivered with extreme accuracy, minimizing the effect on nearby organs.
However, this treatment may not be suitable for all situations, so a Radiation Oncology Specialist should be consulted to discuss treatment options.