Spine Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)

Spine Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) allows our physicians to accurately deliver high doses of radiation safely to lesions that are near the spinal cord. Traditionally, the tolerance of the spinal cord to radiation has limited doses and hampered our ability to effectively treat lesions near the chord. The most common spinal lesions that we treat are metastatic disease, deposits of cancer from other areas that have spread via the bloodstream. Several publications have shown that spine SRS gives superior control when contrasted with early series of conventional radiation therapy. )

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Another important role of spine SRS is in patients who have progressed despite previous treatment with radiation therapy. Often these patients have already received their maximum spinal cord radiation tolerance - this technology gives this group of our patients another option)

Radiosurgery can be also be used for both benign and malignant spinal tumors. We work closely with our colleagues in spinal surgery to select patients and to collaborate on our treatments. )

Our combined expertise in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, radiation oncology, and interventional radiology help make Jefferson Radiation Oncology a center of excellence in dealing with spinal cancer problems.

 Our Novalis Tx, an advanced linear accelerator designed for radiosurgery applications, BrainLAB planning software, and Exactrac, our 6-D real time patient positioning solution, all support our spinal SRS program.