Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery

What Is It?

Cancer Treatment Group was the first in the Chicagoland area to perform stereotactic body radiosurgery, and they continue to be progressive in their treatment methods and patient-focused practices.

A revolutionary technology that treats cancerous tumors in the body, stereotactic radiosurgery is not surgery at all. It is a completely non-invasive procedure requiring no cutting or suturing. Stereotactic body radiosurgery uses precise, pinpoint radiation beams that converge on the cancerous tumor from many different angles. Because it is so accurate, stereotactic body radiosurgery minimizes the damage to the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.

Because surrounding healthy tissue is not involved, large doses of radiation are delivered to the tumor over a period of one to five (1-5) days. This compares favorably to the more typical eight-week course of daily treatments required by standard radiation therapy. Large doses of radiation are generally more effective in treating cancerous tumors and stereotactic body radiosurgery has proven successful when prior chemotherapy, radiation or surgery has failed.
Benefits of Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery

  • shortened treatment time (1-5 days)
  • healthy tissue is spared
  • high success rate
  • completely non-invasive
  • offers an alternative to surgery
  • no hospitalization required
  • appropriate to treat lung cancer, lung metastasis, liver tumors, kidney cancer, and metastatic melanoma