Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Treating Tumours & Cancers
What is stereotactic radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy or radiation therapy is primarily used to treat brain tumours. With thistechnique, the brain tumour cells are destroyed, thus stopping the growth ofsuch tumours. However, while a tumour may be removed by surgery, some tumour cells may still remain and to destroy them completely, the patient is exposed to radiation.
Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) is a specialized external beam radiotherapy used to target the tumour precisely. SRT technique works best for small and well-defined tumours. Thisis obtained by using deviceslike Gamma Knife, Clinac IX, TomoTherapy or Triology, X-knife, Cyberknife and Halcyon. We at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad use the world’s best and highly advanced radiation therapy machine known as Halcyon 2.0 for SRT therapy. Among the very few centres in India possessing this machine, Halcyon 2.0 is one of a kind.
The advantages of the Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) technique may be summarized as follows:
- Compared to traditional treatments, it takes a shorter amount of time to deliver the right amount of radiation to the affected area.
- Thistechnique uses detailed imaging, computerized 3D treatment planning and precise treatment to deliver radiation dose with utmost accuracy.
- To keep the body still during the treatment, our experts at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad may use a customized holder mask. On Halcyon 2.0, this feature is built on the machine itself to track any movement which a patient might make during the procedure and adjust to it accordingly.
Features/modalities of Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) on Halcyon 2.0:
- Only small & well-defined areas are targeted with precision.
- Precise doses of radiation are delivered safely & accurately in a short span of time. On Halcyon 2.0, one fraction takes only 90 seconds.
- The machine usesimmobilization propsto adjust for any movement during the treatment.
- The machine is highly versatile as all kinds of radiotherapies can be performed on it and not just SRT such as IGRT, IMRT, SBRT, SRS and 3D-CRT. Not just this, all parts/organs of the body can be treated using this machine.
- With minimal side-effects, patients get better quality of life with flexibility to schedule appointments.
Who should undergo stereotactic radiotherapy?
Stereotactic radiotherapy techniques don’t work well for all patients. Since the devices have some limitations, the patients with the following conditions are the most suitable candidates for this kind of treatment:
- Patients with small or low-grade brain tumours
- Patients with secondary brain tumours
- Patients with re-irradiation of gliomas
These treatments may also be used for treating some benign or non-cancerous tumours like:
- Meningiomas that grows in the base of skull
- Pituitary adenomas
- Vestibular Schwannoma
Benefits & side effects of stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT)?
Since stereotactic radiation is computerized and precision-based and works on smaller areas, it is better as compared to traditional radiation treatments since it ensures lesser skin reddening, hair loss and feeling of sickness compared to the traditional treatments.
Side effects of stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT):
- Fatigue: Tiredness or fatigue may occur in the first few days of SRT.
- Swelling: Swelling at or near the treatment area can occur causing pain, in which case doctors may recommend anti-inflammatory medications.
- Nausea or vomiting: Some people may face nausea or vomiting after the treatment near the bowel or liver.
Expert treatment at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute uses innovative techniques and advanced services to provide complete care to its patients under one roof. At Yashoda, cancer care is provided by ex army cancer specialists. They have immense experience from the Tata Memorial Hospital as renowned cancer specialists. Our team of oncologists are highly dedicated towards patients. With patient care as our priority, the team is highly proficient with world famous medical, surgical and radiation oncologists. Our team also possesses reconstructive surgeons, interventional onco-radiologists, onco pathologists, hematologists as well as uro-oncologists. The combined team approach provides patients with comprehensive care in order to take care of each and every aspect of the cancer/tumourstage along with personalized care for every patient. Patient-centric approach is followed which takes care of the whole treatment procedure from diagnosis to wellness. Our team of multisectoral doctors at Yashoda diagnose patients at every stage and also provide motivation to fight the disease, assuring them their full availability with expert services.