Spinal Cancer Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
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Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) for Spinal Cancer
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), also called Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT), is an advanced spinal cancer treatment option at CTCA. A nonsurgical form of radiation therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery delivers high doses of radiation to tumors in the spine with great precision.
Using imaging technology, our radiation oncologists first map the location of the spinal tumor. Then, using highly sophisticated computer equipment, SRS shapes multiple radiation beams tightly around the spinal tumor to destroy cancerous cells.
With this technology, we can focus radiation to the outline of the tumor and protect nearby healthy tissue, which is especially important for the spine.
SRS is generally used to treat small tumors contained in localized areas of the spinal cord. There are some circumstances where we may use stereotactic radiosurgery to treat metastatic spinal tumors (as an alternative to whole-brain radiation or surgical resection), particularly for tumors in more than one location.
Advantages of Spinal Cancer SRS
- SRS precisely focuses radiation around the spinal tumor from different angles, allowing us to deliver a large radiation dose to the tumor with less damage to nearby healthy tissue.
- SRS modulates the intensity of the radiation beams, sparing the surrounding bone or tissue from significant doses of radiation.
- Using SRS, we can reach tumors in the spine without the risks of surgery. There is no incision, minimal discomfort, and reduced recovery times.
- Because of its precision, SRS may be an option for individuals who have received previous radiation, as Stereotatic Radiosurgery can avoid previously treated areas.
Helping You Maintain Your Quality of Life
Your CTCA care team anticipates and proactively manages the side effects of radiation therapy. Before, during and after your spinal cancer treatment, you’ll receive supportive therapies designed to keep you strong, reduce the side effects of radiation, and promote your overall well-being.