Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a precise, non-Invasive treatment for treating brain tumors. SRS is a specialized treatment method that has such a dramatic reducing effect on the tumor that the post treatment results are considered to be as effective as surgery.
The process involves treating the tumor using precisely focused beams of radiation while protecting healthy tissue. This allows therapeutic doses of radiation to be delivered to the tumor(s) in one to five sessions. Side effects from SRS are mild, allowing patients to quickly return to normal activity.
Like other forms of radiation treatment, SRS does not actually remove the tumor; instead the radiation damages the tumor cells so that the cancer is unable to grow and rebuild. When a tumor is in a location that cannot be removed by surgery, SRS may be used as the primary treatment. It can be used to support other treatment methods like chemotherapy or a recurring, malignant or multiple brain tumors.
Through the use of 3-D computer-aided planning, SRS treatment is tailored specifically to each patient so that the best results can be achieved.
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