Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a highly precise form of radiation therapy initially developed to treat small brain tumours and functional abnormalities of the brain. The same principles are now being applied to the treatment of body tumours. Despite its name, SRS is a non-surgical procedure that delivers precisely-targeted radiation at much higher doses, in only a single or few treatments, as compared to traditional radiation therapy. The most widely technology is the Gamma Knife (used for the head not body) and information about it can be found by clicking the logos and watching the video below.
Unfortunately the technology is underused in the UK, which lags behind many similar developed countries. There is clearly demand to increase the number of centres, offering opportunities for clinicians and patients to have access to this proven, cost efficient treatment which offers advantages including
- It’s an outpatient procedure that takes less than a day
- It doesn’t hurt
- It doesn’t require incisions, so there’s no general anesthesia and no risk of bleeding or infection
- It can treat even the most challenging, hard-to-reach tumours and abnormalities that traditional surgery can’t
- Patients can return to normal activities the next day