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Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung cancer

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), also called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is a type of radiation therapy in which a few very high doses of radiation are delivered to small, well-defined tumors. The goal is to deliver a radiation dose that is high enough to kill the cancer while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy organs.Barbara Pool is one of six lung cancer patients per day who go through stereotactic body radiation therapy and she is the 1000th patient to receive this type of radiation at MD Anderson.Joe Chang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, oversaw Pool's SRBT treatment."We only received treatment Monday through Thursday and it went by pretty fast," Staggs says. "The treatment lasted less than an hour each day."
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