SRS for brain cancer
Sterotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is generally used to treat small tumors contained in localized areas of the brain or spinal cord, as well as blood vessel abnormalities in the brain. There are some circumstances where we may use SRS to treat metastatic brain tumors (as an alternative to whole-brain radiation or surgical resection), particularly for tumors in more than one location.
With SRS, we can focus radiation to the outline of the tumor and protect nearby healthy tissue, which is especially important for areas in the brain. Some additional potential advantages of SRS for brain cancer include:
- SRS precisely focuses radiation around the brain tumor from different angles, allowing us to deliver a large radiation dose to the tumor with less damage to nearby healthy brain tissue.
- SRS modulates the intensity of the radiation beams, sparing the surrounding brain tissue from significant doses of radiation.
- Using this radiosurgical approach, we can reach tumors in the brain without the risks of surgery. There is no incision, minimal discomfort, reduced recovery times, and few of the risks typically associated with surgery, such as infection.
- Because of its precision, SRS may be an option for individuals who have received previous radiation, as SRS can avoid previously treated areas.
Helping you maintain your quality of life
Your care team anticipates and proactively manages the side effects of brain cancer radiation therapy. Before, during and after your SRS treatment, you’ll have access to supportive care services designed to keep you strong, reduce the side effects of radiation, and promote your overall well-being.