How Safe is Stereotactic Radiosurgery?

When choosing among treatment options, the safety of the procedure is a key consideration in most patients’ decisions. Here are a few reasons why stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is among the safest of options if you are a candidate:

Noninvasive: SRS is noninvasive so the treatment has fewer and less extensive side effects than other options like surgery or chemotherapy. Tumors are exposed to higher levels of radiation for short periods of time and at specifically targeted angles to preserve healthy tissue around the tumor site. The risks of infection or excessive bleeding are also significantly minimized.

Accuracy: A key advantage of SRS with TrueBeam STx® is the machine’s unique ability to track tumors in real time while compensating for normal patient movements, such as breathing.

Its advanced imaging and tracking system continually updates the tumor location throughout the procedure, ensuring the radiation beams are locked on the tumor during treatment.

Daily maintenance: Our radiation therapist is responsible for quality assurance and calibrates our machine every day to make sure the treatment beam is accurate, functioning properly and within state guidelines.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.