Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

Published On 07/11/2011

SBRT is used to treat both benign and cancerous tumors such as spine, lung and liver tumors. Even benign tumors that have an aggressive nature can grow rapidly and interfere with other areas of the body resulting in pain and adversely affecting a patient's health. 

Doctors are already seeing just how effective SBRT can be. In non-small cell lung cancer patients who are not able to have surgery, there is an improvement in outcomes by using larger and fewer high-dose treatments over several treatments than extending low dose radiation over several weeks.

Treating tumor patients whether the tumor is cancerous or benign, requires a collaboration of physicians including radiation oncologists, oncologists, medical oncologists, physicists, neurosurgeons, pain specialists, and primary care physicians. 

To find out if you are a candidate, discuss this procedure with your physician or call 888.777.5959. You can also use our physician locator to find a Methodist-affiliated physician.