Stereotactic radiation

Defined as external beam radiation therapy to deliver precise high-dose radiation to an extra cranial target within the body.

It utilizes either a single or small number of fractions.

Results in high target dose and steep dose gradients beyond the target.

SBRT (stereotactic body radiation therapy) Induces excessive DNA damage that cannot be repaired, along with vascular collapse that strips tumor cells of their blood supply.
SBRT probably causes the release of tumor antigens that help to prime an immune response against a malignancy, and this may be partly mediated by T cells.
SBRT alters the tumor microenvironment by vascular collapse, the release of damage signals by inducing an acute and subacute inflammatory state, and potentially a repair response involving immune cells and progenitor and profibrotic cell types.
Stereotactic radiation takes advantage of patient stability, effectively mobilization, advanced techniques for imaging the target delineation such as MRI, image guidance, treatment planning and delivery, so that it enables the delivery of larger radiation doses per fraction, allowing higher dose treatment in a limited number of sessions.

Ultra-high doses per fraction of radiation are applied in the range of 10-20 Gy per fraction.

Designed to irradiate tumors with biologically effective doses of at least 100 Gy.

Treats lesions by converging a large number of high dose diagnosing radiation beams to target site.

Has a high conformal dose distribution, with a sharp dose-gradient fall off outside of the target.

Common treatment plans comprised 3-5 fractions of 10-20 Gy during 1-2 weeks.

Stereotactic radiosurgery is generally limited to lesions smaller than 4 cm in diameter.

Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy delivers intensity modulated radio therapy with volumetric modulated arc therapy to generate a highly conformal dose covering the target with steep dose gradients to optimally spare  surrounding normal tissue structures.
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy dose distribution increases the therapeutic index by safe delivery of high doses to large portion of the target while keeping doses to adjacent organs at risk, such as the spinal cord, bowel and esophagus low enough to avoid serious toxic effects.

Effects on adjacent normal tissues is minimalized because of multiple beam entrance and exit directions.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy well tolerated for primary or metastatic tumors of the chest that are not within 2 cm of the major airways.

Local control for thoracic lesions 85-95% at 2-3 years.

High doses in a few factions requires small field margins around a target thoracic lesion and utilizes sophisticated image guidance and adjustment for motion.

Central zone surrounding the proximal bronchial tree contains structures that appear more sensitive to the remaining lung parenchyma

Can be utilized for a variety of early-stage cancers and for the treatment of patients with metastatic disease.

Placement of fiducials are required with the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System.

CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System accounts for respiration motion by tracking fiducials, usually four or more, during treatment and adjusts the trajectory of the radiation beam following the fiducials.

Some systems rely on respiratory gating, delivering radiation only during certain phases of respiration or utilize abdominal compression, limiting diaphragmatic motion with respiration and do not require fiducials.

In a study of 48 consecutive patients placement of pulmonary fiducials was associated with 33% incidence of pneumothorax and 12.5% of the patients needed the placement of a chest tube.

Pacement of fiducials at the same time of percutaneous lung biopsy associated with a higher risk of pneumonitis.

SRT protocols administered biologically effective doses of equal or greater than 100 Gy, which confers superior tumor kill compared to the 70-80 Gy

administered with conventional radiation.

SRT In patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer 3 and five year local control rates with approximately 100 Gy are 95% and 84%, respectively.

SRT to the luong is associated with rib fractures and pneumonitis affecting up to 5% of patients.

Stereotactic body radiation for unresectable pancreatic cancer in a Stanford University study of 25 Gy 1 fraction plus adjuvant gemcitabine associated with the new survival of 12.7 months (Schellenberg D et al).

Stereotactic body radiation for unresectable pancreatic cancer with 30 Gy with 3 fractions plus gemcitabine had a median survival of 6 months at the San Bartolo Hospital (Polistina F et al).

Stereotactic body radiation for unresectable pancreatic cancer by the Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital treated with 24-36 Gy over three fractions with gemcitabine was associated with a median survival all 14.3 months (Mahadevan A et al).

Stereotatic body radiotherapy allows delivery of focal ablative dose to hepatic metastases while sparing the normal hepatic tisue and surrounding organs at risk.

With stereotactic radiotherapy between one and five large individual daily fractions of radiotherapy are administered target only to hepatic metastases and spare normal liver.

Stereotactic radiotherapy is effective in controlling lesions that are larger in diameter than those with radioablation and is affected in controlling lesions adjacent to large blood vessels where radio frequency ablation is ineffective in these lesions.

Risk of radiation induced necrosis in normal brain tissue surrounding target lesion increases with the size of the target volume, with escalation when the volume of normal brain is exposed to a single dose of 12 Gy in the range of 5-10 cm3 or more (Lawrence YR et al).

Stereotactic radiosurgery of the surgical cavity in patients who have had complete resection of one, two, or three brain metastases significantly lowers local recurrence compared to observation alone, and the use of SRS after brain metastasis resection could be an alternative to whole-brain radiotherapy (Mahayana A).

Stereotactic body radiation (SBRT) to the chest wall tissues peripheral to the lung that receives more than 30 Gy in 3-5 fractions in a volume exceeding 30 cm3, the risk for chest wall pain or rib fracture escalates substantially.

SBRT using image guidance can deliver high dose radiation precisely, with a steep dose gradient at the interface between spinal cord and tumor in spinal cord metastases, creating a therapeutic window by lowering the risk for spinal cord myelopathy.

In spinal metastases SBRT can be used instead of surgery, allowing patients to avoid perioperative risk factors such as bleeding infection and anesthesia.

In young patients with residual and/or progressive benign or low-grade brain tumors requiring radiotherapy for long term tumor control, stereotactic radiation therapy compared with conventional radiation achieved superior neurocognitive and neuroendocrine functional outcomes over five years without compromising survival (Jalali R).

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