Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is a type of radiation therapy to treat cancer. It is also known as stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR). It shrinks or destroys tumors with higher doses of radiation, greater precision and fewer treatments than more traditional radiation therapy techniques.
SBRT is often used to treat cancers of the lung, liver, prostate, spine or gastrointestinal system. It is ideal for tumors that are hard to reach, prone to movement or next to vital organs.
SBRT uses a machine to send radiation into your body with extreme precision. In doing so, it:
All types of radiation therapy kill cancer cells. But SBRT offers several advantages. These include:
Your Mercy care team will make sure you understand what to expect before, during and after SBRT treatment. For example:
If you have questions or concerns about SBRT, don’t hesitate to talk to one of your Mercy caregivers. Our goal is deliver the most effective and convenient treatment, so you can quickly get back to living life to its fullest.