Stereotactic body radiation therapy cancer treatment
Cancer Newsline - 06/18/2012
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) differs from traditional radiation therapy for cancer patients. Treatment takes less time (four days versus seven weeks), it’s double the radiation dose and it spares the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. SBRT is commonly used to treat lung and pancreatic cancers, as well as cancers that have spread to the liver, lung, adrenal glands and spine. Joe Chang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains why this treatment may be best option for some cancer patients, and gives reasons why MD Anderson is the leader in SBRT treatment.
Guest: Joe Chang, M.D., Ph.D.