Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) program offers the latest advances in targeted radiation therapy for brain tumor treatment.
We’ve combined this advanced technology and our team of medical experts to provide precisely delivered large-dose radiation to a brain tumor in a single session. This is the same technology you may know as Cyberknife or Gamma Knife. This noninvasive technique—also known as radiosurgery, radiation surgery, stereotactic external-beam radiation and stereotactic radiation therapy—destroys the targeted tumor without invasive surgery or harm to healthy tissue.
Our board-certified neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists evaluate patients through the Radiosurgery Clinic at the Angelo P. Creticos, MD, Cancer Center on our medical campus.
What Is SRS?
SRS is a radiation therapy procedure that uses special equipment to precisely deliver a large radiation dose to a tumor in a single session. The goal of this noninvasive procedure is to destroy the target without surgery or harming nearby healthy tissue. It’s used to treat tumors of the brain, lung and spine.
Benefits of SRS
SRS offers many benefits for patients:
- SRS is optimized to deliver radiosurgery in the shortest possible time, averaging 15 minutes. This helps prevent errors due to minor movements during long treatments and creates a more comfortable treatment experience for patients.
- Because SRS is a noninvasive procedure, patients can expect a shorter recovery time and fewer risks compared to traditional brain tumor surgery.
- SRS is a painless treatment, usually performed on an outpatient basis.
The SRS procedure itself is not painful. Side effects vary and depend upon the location of the tumor. For example, some patients may experience headaches and dizziness immediately following treatment for a brain tumor. Our specialists will talk with you about specific side effects that may occur based on your overall treatment plan.
What to Expect at a Treatment Session
Patients can bring a friend or relative to the clinic, but they will be unable to accompany the patient into the treatment room. Patients should arrange for transportation home as they may feel tired following their treatment and driving is not recommended. A complete treatment session can take place in a single day if recommended by your physician.
Schedule a Consultation
To schedule a consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for SRS, call 773.296.7076.