Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View Now Offering Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)

SUFFOLK, Va. (December 07, 2018) As a testament to the health system’s ongoing commitment to bringing advanced technologies to treat cancer, Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View announced today that the radiation therapy department now offers stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). 

Radiation therapy is one of the most common, safe and effective treatments for many types of cancers.  The highly targeted radiation therapy damages the DNA within cancer cells and destroys the ability of those cells to reproduce. Newer technologies, like SRS and SBRT, make it possible to deliver precisely focused, high-dose radiation to destroy tumors, while minimizing the exposure to healthy tissue.  The treatment is often a one-time procedure that can be completed in a single day, or depending on the type of tumor, can be performed in one to five sessions as compared to multiple visits over several weeks with a conventional linear accelerator.  SRS and SBRT are important alternatives to invasive surgery, especially when the tumor is hard to reach, located close to vital organs, in an area that is subject to movement like lung tissue or for patients with medical conditions that prevent them from being good surgical candidates.    

 “By investing in stereotactic technology, we have very effective options in the battle against many types of cancer that were previously untreatable or difficult to treat surgically.  This approach has been proven clinically effective while providing us an opportunity to treat patients in a single to a few sessions,” said Bradley Prestidge, MD, MS, FABS, regional medical director for radiation oncology with the Bon Secours Cancer Institute.  “Patients at the Cancer Institute at Harbour View can now be successfully and seamlessly taken through all of the various radiation cancer modalities without the need to leave the community.”

The radiation oncology departments at Bon Secours Cancer Institute at DePaul and the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View offer a variety of advanced external beam therapies that include: image-guided radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, RapidArc, and AccuBoost. The Bon Secours Cancer Institute at DePaul also offers advanced brachytherapy procedures that were previously unavailable in Hampton Roads, and is one of only five cancer centers in the U.S. offering a one-time, hour-long post lumpectomy radiation procedure for select patients with early-stage breast cancer. 

Enclosure: Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View’s Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator now offers SRS and SBRT.