Pardee UNC Health Care Cancer Center Now Offers Advanced Form of Radiation Treatment, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
The Pardee UNC Health Care Cancer Center has invested in an advanced form of cancer treatment called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and is now offering the treatment to qualified patients. SBRT represents a safe and effective treatment option for patients with early-stage lung cancer and early-stage prostate cancer who are not candidates for surgery. SBRT is delivered through a linear accelerator and precisely treats tumors with high doses of radiation, destroying cancer cells while reducing exposure to healthy tissue.
Because SBRT allows radiation oncologists to administer such high doses of radiation to the tumor site, most patients need far fewer treatments than when using conventional radiation, which delivers smaller doses of radiation over the course of several weeks.
“We are pleased to offer this advanced form of radiation therapy to patients in Henderson County and surrounding areas,” said Yaseen Zia, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist at Pardee Radiation Oncology. “Because many SBRT patients require fewer radiation sessions than with conventional radiation, they can begin other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, sooner and may experience fewer side effects and better outcomes.”
Pardee’s radiation oncology team is led by Dr. Zia and includes radiation therapists, a dosimetrist, a physicist and a radiation oncology nurse. To learn more, visit www.pardeehospital.org.