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Introducing Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)

Jan 19, 2010 | Posted in News

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a treatment technology focuses high-dose radiation upon a desired target with surgical precision.

SRS requires the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of physicians bringing consultative expertise together on a single case with a radiation oncologist as point person. Brain and spine cancers are among the more intricate applications of SRS and involve area neurosurgeons Daniel Muccio, MD (Saint Vincent Health Center) and Isam Khoja, MD (Hamot Medical Center). Multidisciplinary collaboration for SRS enhances the technology available at The RCC and brings new treatment options to select cancer patients who are not candidates for conventional surgery and those who have tumors that cannot be treated surgically.

Additional applications of SRS include cancers of the spine, lung, prostate, liver, head and neck and pancreas.

SRS is an extremely precise radiation therapy, and an important alternative to minimally invasive surgery. The technique utilizes three-dimensional targeting, imaging and complex computer-assisted planning. Six coordinates are used to administer a high dose of radiation to a very specific area – accuracy is within 1 mm. The treatment system incorporates optical positioning technology that provides continuous confirmation of patient positioning in real time. For certain patients SRS has clear advantages over brain surgery because it is less invasive and there is significantly less recovery time.

SRS represents a new generation in cancer care. Patients with tumors that are adjacent to vital structures can benefit greatly from these highly-precise treatments. Intensity modulated radiosurgery allows sculpting of the dose precisely in order to conform to the tumor while sparing normal tissue. This substantially reduces side effects and improves patients’ quality of life.
RCC’s Trilogy, a highly specialized radiation therapy machine, is used to deliver this radiosurgery. Some treatments require only a single visit of one hour or less and multiple lesions can be treated at the same time.

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