Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a complex name for a common cancer treatment.
Despite what the name implies, SRS is not a type of surgery. It is a form of radiation therapy that treats tumors without any surgical incision. In fact, for many people, SRS is a safer and more effective treatment than open surgery.
SRS uses a machine to send radiation into your body with extreme precision and accuracy. In doing so, it:
SRS equipment goes by several different names, including Gamma Knife, CyberKnife and HD Versa.
All types of SRS, regardless of brand name, are used to treat cancer or non-cancerous tumors. It shrinks or destroys tumors in the brain and skull. It can also treat non-cancerous neurological conditions. These include problems with arteries and veins in the brain, Parkinson’s disease and nerve disorders like trigeminal neuralgia, chronic pain that affects the face.
All types of radiation therapy kill cancer cells. But SRS offers several advantages. These include:
Mercy offers the latest generation of SRS technology. For example, some locations use the TrueBeam system, which combines SRS and stereotactic body radiotherapy in one machine. Other Mercy locations offer SpaceOAR hydrogel. When used in combination with SRS, SpaceOAR reduces the side effects of prostate cancer treatment.
Your Mercy care team will make sure you understand what to expect before, during and after SRS treatment. For example:
If you have questions or concerns about SRS, don’t hesitate to talk to one of your Mercy caregivers. We are eager to provide you with the very best care and get you back to doing all the things you love.