Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) can help some patients with tumors of the liver that cannot be treated with surgery or other local therapies.
A non-invasive technique, SBRT provides extremely high doses of radiation with a high level of accuracy to some liver cancer tumors. We use a 4-dimensional CT scan or cine MRI scan (a specialized MRI that helps assess gastrointestinal motility function) to evaluate tumor and organ motion and create a highly customized treatment plan to deliver a powerful and focused dose of radiation to the target. This precise treatment also results in less radiation delivered to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects.
SBRT requires no incision, and has been shown to offer some advantages over surgical treatment. It is an option for some tumors that cannot be reached safely by traditional open surgery. It can be performed on an outpatient basis, without an overnight stay in the hospital, and allows patients, in most cases, a rapid return to normal activities.