Stereotactic body radiotherapy: a critical review for nonradiation oncologists.


Journal Article (Review)

Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) involves the treatment of extracranial primary tumors or metastases with a few, high doses of ionizing radiation. In SBRT, tumor kill is maximized and dose to surrounding tissue is minimized, by precise and accurate delivery of multiple radiation beams to the target. This is particularly challenging, because extracranial lesions often move with respiration and are irregular in shape, requiring careful treatment planning and continual management of this motion and patient position during irradiation. This review presents the rationale, process workflow, and technology for the safe and effective administration of SBRT, as well as the indications, outcome, and limitations for this technique in the treatment of lung cancer, liver cancer, and metastatic disease.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kirkpatrick, JP; Kelsey, CR; Palta, M; Cabrera, AR; Salama, JK; Patel, P; Perez, BA; Lee, J; Yin, F-F

Published Date

  • April 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 120 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 942 - 954

PubMed ID

  • 24382744

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24382744

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0142

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/cncr.28515


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States