Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
Stereotactic body radiotherapy is a specialised type of external beam radiotherapy that allows the delivery of high doses of radiation to small tumours, while minimising the dose received by the surrounding normal tissues. It is used most frequently to treat early lung cancers.
Treatment times are generally longer than with standard EBRT and imaging with CBCT is required prior to each treatment session. For treatment of lung cancer, the treatment is individualised by monitoring the breathing cycle at CBCT and again at the treatment unit.
SBRT is currently available - where necessary - for early stage lung cancer in the St Luke's Centre at St James's Hospital.