Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a cancer therapy that shrinks the number of treatment sessions needed to reduce or eliminate the cancer.
The procedure delivers a few very high doses of radiation. It targets small, well-defined tumors.
The radiation dose is high enough to kill the cancer. However, it reduces exposure to surrounding organs.
SBRT can treat many cancers, including:
- Abdominal cavity
The therapy is used to treat small, early-stage tumors.
A seven-centimeter tumor on the lung was difficult to treat in the past. This new procedure effectively treats that tumor. It has fewer side effects for the patient and less potential damage to other organs.
Other treatment methods require patients to have up to 35 treatments over the course of several months. A few SBRT treatments over the course of two weeks can zap the cancer.