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DCH Cancer Center Adds Two Radiation Therapies

The fight against cancer is always moving forward, and the DCH Cancer Center is leading the way in West Alabama. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a major advancement in radiation therapy now available at the DCH Cancer Center.

SBRT treats tumors in the body with the exception of the brain. A high dose of radiation therapy is directed precisely on a patient’s tumor, and healthy tissue is avoided. Patients must meet specific clinical guidelines to have this treatment.

“SBRT enables us to reduce treatment time to less than a week,” Dr. Melanie Graham, Radiation Oncologist at the DCH Cancer Center, said. “SBRT is so precise that it helps spare normal tissue in the body.” “It is a highly successful treatment for patients who qualify for the treatment,” Dr. Graham said.

“For example, those patients with small lung tumors can have as good of an outcome with SBRT as they would with surgery.”

Stereotactic Radiation Surgery
Stereotactic Radiation Surgery (SRS), also known as stereotactic radiosurgery, will be available at the DCH Cancer Center this fall.

SRS is a type of external radiation therapy that precisely gives a single large does of radiation to a tumor. It is used to treat brain tumors and other brain disorders that cannot be treated by regular surgery.

The DCH Cancer Center is on the campus of DCH Regional Medical Center. For more information about the services and treatments available at the DCH Cancer Center, click here.

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