Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

SBRT is a highly precise type of radiation therapy that can deliver treatment to a target inside the body while minimizing the radiation dose received by the surrounding tissues. SBRT is usually delivered in three to five sessions over one to two weeks. This technology includes immobilization of the body with a special device that ensures that the patient is in the exact same position for treatment on a daily basis. SBRT has proven to be very effective in treating patients with early lung cancer who are not candidates for surgery. It is also used to treat the spread of cancer to the lungs, liver or spine. We have a very active SBRT program at Providence with more than 100 patients receiving SBRT annually.