How Safe is Stereotactic Radiosurgery?

The safety of a cancer treatment option is a key consideration for patients requiring certain conditions or those hoping to avoid an extensive recuperation period. Learn why stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is among the safest of options if you are a candidate:

Accuracy: Our center performs SRS using CyberKnife┬« technology. The machine tracks tumors in real time while compensating for normal patient movements, such as breathing. The machine’s advanced imaging and tracking system continually updates the tumor location throughout the procedure, ensuring the radiation beams are locked on the tumor during treatment.

Noninvasive: SRS is a nonsurgical procedure offering fewer and less extensive side effects than other options like surgery or chemotherapy. Though tumors receive high levels of radiation, the exposure is for short periods of time and healthy tissue is minimally exposed due to the accuracy of the radiation delivery.

Daily maintenance: The CyberKnife physicist works with the radiation therapists to ensure quality assurance guidelines and equipment calibration are done daily for treatment beam accuracy and proper function 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.