The Medical Center now offers Stereotactic Radiosurgery for the highly precise treatment of brain and spinal tumors. This form of image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) delivers a large radiation dose to a tumor in a single session or a lower dose in multiple sessions. The goal of this non-invasive procedure is to destroy the target without surgery or harming nearby healthy tissue.
Because of the location of a brain tumor and the sensitivity of the surrounding tissue, often times the tumor is inoperable. Stereotactic Radiosurgery shapes a high dose radiation beam around the tumor in order to deliver the radiation to the entire tumor. Because of the precision of the technology, the treatment dose is delivered within one millimeter of the tumor, protecting the surrounding tissue.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery is a non-surgical treatment despite its name and is viewed as a form of "bloodless surgery." The procedure does not remove the tumor. It damages the DNA of the tumor cells, causing them to loss their ability to reproduce.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery provides many benefits to the patient including:
- Precise treatment, minimizing radiation damage to normal tissue
- Treatment delivery in the shortest possible timeframe
- Treatment that adapts to minor movements, minimizing potential treatment errors
- Painless treatment performed on an outpatient basis
The Medical Center has been providing radiation treatment services for over 25 years. The cancer program at The Medical Center is recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, acknowledging the quality of our comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care. Additionally, The Medical Center's radiation oncology is accredited by the American College of Radiology.