What Is Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)?
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is an ultra-precise form of radiation that can treat abnormalities in the brain and spine. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) treatments target tumors in other parts of the body that may be hard to reach. Both SRS and SBRT are precise and effective types of radiation treatments for cancer.
They use concentrated radiation beams in high doses to destroy tumors in hard-to-reach areas of the body.It can deliver precisely-targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy, which can help preserve healthy tissue.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery Benefits
Both SRS and SBRT:
- Are noninvasive treatments.
- Require no anesthesia or incisions.
- Minimize radiation damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
Compared to other cancer treatments, other benefits include:
- Fewer treatments. Most people don't need more than five SRS treatment sessions.
- Less risk. Because SRS is noninvasive, most people have fewer complications and side effects.
- Greater access to more tumors. SRS technology gives us the ability to treat cancers anywhere in the body, including hard-to-treat tumors.
Types of Radiosurgery Machines and Tumors We Treat
For 25 years, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has been a leader in SRS.
We use these machines for stereotactic radiosurgery:
Cancers and benign tumors we treat using SRS machines
Using these machines, we treat the following cancers and other benign tumors:
- Brain cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Oligometastasis (cancer that has spread, but is still confined to one organ)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Spine cancer
- Variety of recurrent and inoperable tumors
Your doctor, with your input, will decide on a treatment plan. Your type of treatment will depend on your age and the type and stage of your cancer.
Contact UPMC Hillman Cancer Center About Stereotactic Radiosurgery
To learn more about SRS or refer a patient, call 855-777-3228 or email RadiosurgeryTeam@upmc.edu.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
To learn more about Gamma Knife for brain tumors or refer a patient, call 1-877-986-9862.