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What is stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)?

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Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is a type of radiation therapy your doctor may suggest if you have certain kinds of cancer, such as lung cancer or pancreatic cancer. It's a very precise method that lets your doctor accurately target your tumors.

When you have SBRT, your doctor will use a computer to direct many radiation beams to your tumor from different angles. Because it is so targeted, you can get a higher dose of radiation than you could with standard radiation therapy.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How Radiation Therapy Can Affect Different Parts of the Body."

Cancer.Net: "What to expect when you're having radiation," "Proton therapy."

Mayo Clinic: "Stereotactic radiosurgery."

MedlinePlus: "Adrenal Gland Disorders."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "What is SBRT?"

National Cancer Institute: "Radiation Therapy to Treat Cancer," "SEER Training/Types of Radiation Therapy."

RadiologyInfo.org: "Fiducial Marker Placement."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How Radiation Therapy Can Affect Different Parts of the Body."

Cancer.Net: "What to expect when you're having radiation," "Proton therapy."

Mayo Clinic: "Stereotactic radiosurgery."

MedlinePlus: "Adrenal Gland Disorders."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "What is SBRT?"

National Cancer Institute: "Radiation Therapy to Treat Cancer," "SEER Training/Types of Radiation Therapy."

RadiologyInfo.org: "Fiducial Marker Placement."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 20, 2019

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