When a most cancers has been discovered to be restricted to a single space of the physique at preliminary prognosis (Levels I, II, and III), most cancers docs concentrate on management of each the unique “main” tumor and in addition work to stop unfold to lymph nodes and different distant websites within the physique.
In some cases, when a affected person has been discovered to have restricted metastatic illness (restricted Stage IV or oligometastatic state), we might also work collectively to manage the few websites to which the most cancers has unfold. The explanation for that is that analysis has proven that in some instances when every seen web site of most cancers is managed, fewer distant websites develop and higher total management might be achieved.
Along with systemic remedy (chemotherapy, immunotherapy), we management main tumors and a few distant most cancers websites with different therapies together with surgical procedure, ablation, and stereotactic radiotherapy.
Whereas many varieties of tumors profit from full elimination utilizing surgical procedure, there are occasions when surgical procedure is both not secure or not doable. In these instances, the place the placement of the most cancers makes the surgical procedure greater danger or somebody will not be wholesome sufficient to endure surgical procedure, different much less invasive types of tumor intervention could also be doable.
By Mission Hope Most cancers Heart, we provide high-dose, ultra-precise radiation that kills the tumor’s skill to divide. This remedy is named Stereotactic Physique Radiation Remedy (SBRT) or Stereotactic Ablative Physique Radiation (SABR). Relying on the placement, one of these remedy can generally be given in a single single session. On this case, it’s known as Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). At Mission Hope, eligible sufferers are in a position to obtain all types of stereotactic radiation remedy.
Typical areas of the physique the place we use stereotactic types of radiation embody the mind, lung, liver, adrenal glands, and bones. Totally different than surgical procedure and ablations, stereotactic radiation therapies are invisible, energy-based therapies that don’t require any slicing or bodily entry into the physique.
Along with being a more recent, extra exact type of remedy, extra benefits of this type of remedy embody greater charges of illness management, in addition to shorter complete remedy schedules. The kind of machine that we use for this remedy is named a TrueBeam linear accelerator.
Mission Hope has been on the forefront of providing stereotactic therapies on the Central Coast, delivering these high-dose, quick schedules of radiation remedy for practically 10 years. As sufferers’ outcomes enhance with higher systemic remedy similar to immunotherapy or focused therapies, using non-invasive procedures similar to stereotactic radiation turn into more and more vital instruments within the combat towards most cancers.
In the event you or a beloved one has been identified with a most cancers that both has not unfold or has solely unfold to some websites within the physique, discuss to your most cancers physician about whether or not stereotactic radiotherapy is one thing that could be useful.
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