Memorial's Stereotactic Radiosurgery program began in 2001 and has since successfully treated over 70 cases. Initially used to treat small brain tumors, the program expanded to include benign brain conditions such as AVMs (arterial venous malformations) and trigeminal neuralgia. In 2006 the Stereotactic program grew to include Body Stereotactic Radiosurgery. This technique can be used to treat small tumors in the lung, liver or spinal cord.
Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery
This one-day outpatient treatment procedure is typically used for small (possibly inoperable) brain tumors, arterial venous malformations,and trigeminal neuralgia. It is called "Radiosurgery" because SRS is an extremely precise form of radiation therapy, and an important alternative to minimally invasive surgery. This precise beam of radiation can destroy tumors very effectively. It even allows treatment of some tumors that surgeons can’t reach. SRS requires the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, brain and spine cancers are among the more intricate applications of SRS and involve the patient's neurosurgeon. For certain patients SRS has clear advantages over brain surgery because it is less invasive and there is significantly less recovery time.
Body Stereotactic Radiotherapy
Used to treat small tumors in the lung, liver and spine at Memorial ROC since 2006. This advanced treatment technique allows the Radiation Oncologist to deliver a very high dose of radiation directly at the tumor over a shortened period of time. Standard radiation treatments normally take 5-7 weeks to complete. Body SRS can be completed in 1 or up to 5 treatments, spread out over 2 weeks. Average treatment takes about 1 hour to complete, with most of that time being spent preparing, imaging, and accurately aligning patient for treatment.
Memorial's Trilogy linear accelerator is used for all Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy cases. The Trilogy's Stereotactic accuracy is less than 0.75mm.