Stereotactic radiosurgery is a highly targeted cancer treatment that has been in practice for more than 20 years. Despite its name, it is not a surgical procedure, but rather a unique approach to radiation therapy. Carefully shaped radioactive beams are used to destroy cancerous cells with great precision; using advanced technologies, radiation oncologists can pinpoint the radiation delivery field to within two millimeters of an intended target. Because of its exceptional accuracy, this treatment is often ideal for addressing tumors in hard-to-reach or delicate locations, such as the brain or spinal cord, where traditional surgery may not be an option.
Compared to conventional forms of radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery allows radiation oncologists to:
- Selectively target a cancerous lesion
- Safely deliver the maximum prescribed dose of radiation therapy to a tumor
- Minimize radiation exposure to healthy tissues surrounding an abnormal growth
Collectively, these three advantages often lead to positive survival outcomes, as well as fewer side effects and a higher quality of life. And, in situations where the tumors are located near sensitive brain or spinal cord tissues, radiosurgery may pose a lower risk of complications than traditional operations.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our radiation oncologists evaluate each patient’s unique diagnosis to determine the most beneficial treatment options. When a patient’s treatment plan includes stereotactic radiosurgery, the treatment is planned, prepared and provided by a collaborative team of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, medical physicists, dosimetrists and supportive care providers. This team has great expertise in treating many different types of cancer, including hard-to-access tumors of the brain and spinal cord.
Anyone who is considering stereotactic radiosurgery or a similar treatment option does not need a physician referral to consult with the experts at Moffitt. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-MOFFITT or submit a new patient registration form online. We welcome patients with all types of cancer and will develop an individualized treatment plan based on the specifics of a diagnosis.