About Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
SBRT is a type of radiation therapy used to treat small, well-defined and early stage tumors. With SBRT, your doctor is able to deliver a greater dose of targeted radiation over the course of fewer treatments than with conventional therapy.
SBRT is particularly effective at treating small, early-stage lung tumors or isolated metastases from other types of cancer. The goal is to deliver a high, but targeted dose of radiation to the affected area while minimizing damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
As with most radiation therapy, SBRT begins with treatment planning that involves CT, MRI, PET scans or X-rays to precisely map the exact location of the tumor. Treatments are usually given once a day for about a week, depending on the type of tumor and condition of the patient.
Your dedication team of Radiation Oncologists will provide you with all necessary information to prepare for this treatment service.
What to expect
During the procedure, you are comfortably secured to the table to keep you as still as possible. This helps to ensure the radiation is delivered to the exact location where it is needed. The linear accelerator moves 360 degrees around you, delivering radiation beams at precise angles. Depending on your individual case, three to five high dose radiation sessions may be planned.
Dealing with side effects
Your body tissue is trying to repair itself as the radiation is trying to destroy the tumor, so you will most likely experience side effects such as fatigue, skin sensitivity, or soreness during your therapy. This is normal. To read more about side effects and how to manage them, please click here.