Winchester Medical Center has expanded its cancer program with the addition of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), offered in partnership with University of Virginia Health System. The service will focus on treatment of tumors in the brain, lung and spine.
WMC’s partnership with UVA Health System offers clinical and patient care advantages. By collaborating with nationally recognized leaders in stereotactic radiosurgery, this advanced non-surgical technology is available locally for patients who in the past would have had to travel out of the area for treatment.
Radiosurgery delivers large doses of precisely-targeted radiation to small tumors once considered untouchable, sparing critical organs and healthy tissue. SRS and SBRT work in the same way as other forms of radiation treatment, destroying cancer cells and causing tumors to shrink.
|A radiation oncologist and a neurosurgeon oversee stereotactic procedures. Patients receive treatment in the WMC Radiation Therapy Department. Treatment of cranial or extra-cranial tumors requires a specially-fitted face mask or frame to immobilize and carefully position the patient’s head. Four-dimensional CT imaging, which captures the location of a tumor as well as its movement, helps the radiation oncologist, physicist and other staff plan accurate treatment. A robotic couch facilitates delivery of the targeted high-energy radiation beams from different angles.
Each treatment usually takes 30-60 minutes. Patients may have a single treatment or multiple treatments (up to five) over time.