December 26, 2019

A Faster Cancer Treatment - with Limited Side Effects

Advances in cancer treatment technology are having a dramatic impact on patient prognoses and outcomes. Malignant tumors that once required high-risk surgery to remove can now be eradicated non-invasively with fewer side effects, thanks to SBRT, which stands for stereotactic body radiation therapy.

"Stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT, is the most exciting advancement in our field, full-stop," says, Brett Lewis, M.D., PhD., Medical Director of Radiation Oncology for Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center. "We have so much to offer patients—both curative and palliative. And now, using TrueBeam® technology, we have the option to do it in a shorter period of time, while minimizing damage to healthy cells."

Using the TrueBeam® platform doctors can monitor a patient’s position very precisely in real time to ensure the radiation is hitting the tumor—and only the tumor. This new level of precision means patients get exactly the radiation needed to eradicate the tumor, in fewer visits, with fewer side effects and no damage to surrounding tissue.

SBRT can be used to treat tumors in the:

  • Lungs
  • Spine
  • Liver
  • Neck
  • Lymph nodes
  • Other soft tissues

SBRT benefits include:

  • Shorter treatment times
  • Less stressful treatment experience—as patients can breathe normally during treatment
  • Minimized damage to healthy tissue
  • Fewer side effects
  • Faster recovery
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And now that SBRT is offered locally, patients don’t have to travel for treatment, but can receive care close to home.

To learn more about Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy and the TrueBeam® technology available at Mountainside Medical Center, visit Radiation Oncology service page.


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