Stereotactic body radiosurgery for prostate cancer
Stereotactic body radiosurgery (SBRT) uses innovative imaging technologies to deliver high doses of radiation to tumors in the prostate. Despite its name, stereotactic body radiosurgery is not a surgical procedure, but a form of radiation therapy. Because the dose rate is high, fewer treatments are used.
What is stereotactic radiosurgery?
Stereotactic radiosurgery is a nonsurgical, highly precise form of radiation therapy we use to treat cancers of the brain, lung, as well as other types of cancer that require a high degree of precision.
With regular radiation therapy treatment, healthy tissue also receives radiation. With stereotactic radiosurgery, our cancer doctors can better focus the radiation on a tumor, so nearby healthy tissue is protected. This is especially important for areas like the lungs and brain.
Using this technology, our doctors are able to reach tumors deep inside the body without the risks of surgery. There is no incision, minimal discomfort, and few of the risks typically associated with surgery, such as infection.
We often perform stereotactic radiosurgery with Varian's TrilogyTM or with the CyberKnife® VSITM Robotic Radiosurgery System.
Our doctors also deliver fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery. In this treatment, the total dose of radiation is divided into several smaller doses of radiation, delivered over several days.
Experienced care team
Our clinicians work in concert to provide you with all possible treatment options. Your care team would consider hormone therapy as a treatment option if you are diagnosed with prostate, breast, ovarian or thyroid cancers. Several factors influence the type of hormone therapy you may receive, including your age, the type and size of the tumor, and the presence of hormone receptors on the tumor.
Personalized treatment approach
Patients are at the center of treatment decisions at CTCA. We understand there are many factors that may influence the treatment option you choose, such as your desire to have children. We will listen to you and work as a team to develop a treatment plan that seeks to meet your individual needs.
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