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what is stereotactic radiosurgery?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Radiation treatment: Stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-surgical treatment in which high doses of focused radiation beams are delivered from multiple locations outside the body to destroy a tumor or lesion within the body. This procedure does not remove the tumor or lesion. Instead, it destroys tumor cells or stops the growth of active tissue.
Dr. Larry Grissom
Radiology 43 years experience
Non surgical : Radiation is directed to the brain by passing the radiation beams through a lead helmet fitted with many holes to precisely target the area needing treatment.
Dr. Joshua Garren
Radiation Oncology 24 years experience
Focused radiation: Have you ever burned a leaf on a hot summer's day using a magnifying glass? Radiosurgery is a lot like that, but even more so, because if focuses radiation from all different directions. Cyberknife radiosurgery is particularly cool in that it can follow your tumor during treatment and can actually follow your tumor if your tumor moves.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is cyberknife radiosurgery different from other radiosurgery systems?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Robotic Radiosurgery: Cyberknife is the only robotic radiosurgery system fda approved to this date. The robotic nature of the system allows for tracking the tumor during delivery of radiation. Other radiosurgery systems do a good job/similar treating stationary targets (targets in the brain). For tumors outside of brain, other systems often use gating to turn system on/off during delivery of radiation.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Where do I go to get a stereotactic radiosurgery done?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Radiation Centers: Stereotactic radiosurgery refers to the procedure where a few (3-5) doses of high-dose very-precise radiation can be used to treat certain cancers in the brain, lungs, liver, etc. This option is not avaliable at all radiation centers and specailized machines like the cyberknife are often used. It is best to discuss with your treating doctors to check the results with the center in your area.
A 42-year-old member asked:

My wifes stereotactic biopsy was done on wrong location should the doctor be held accountable?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Sometimes: In general biopsy of a lesion is confirmed by imaging prior to and even sometimes during the procedure. However, even with these precautions sometimes the lesion is missed. In addition, sometimes there are multiple lesions, in those cases the physician must chose which he believes gives the best chance of obtaining a diagnosis. Speak with the physician and ask what why the location was changed.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Has anyone ever have stereotactic biopsy done or?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Absolutely: Stereotactic guidance is frequently used to guide breast needle biopsies particularly of microcalcifications. If a lesion can be seen under ultrasound, that is usually preferred for guidance since the positioning and lack of need for compression is easier for patient and breast surgeon.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is stereotactic radiosurgery effective on cavernous malformations?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Not very: Comments I have been able to find suggest that radiosurgery is not very effective for treatment of cavernous malformations.

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