If you’ve been referred for stereotactic radiosurgery, or SRS, you may have questions about this procedure. Stereotactic Radiosurgery is surgery without a scalpel, performed with the help of Turville Bay’s computer guided radiation therapy system. SRS does not remove the tumor or lesion; it distorts the DNA of the tumor cells so the cells lose their ability to reproduce or retain fluid so tumor reduction occurs.
At your first appointment, you’ll meet with Dr. Michelle Mackay, a Radiation Oncologist that specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery. During that consultation, we will:
- get your complete medical history.
- review test results and any imaging you have had.
- explore your diagnosis.
- consider the benefits of stereotactic radio surgery.
If it is decided that stereotactic radiosurgery is prescribed for you, a second appointment will be scheduled with our SRS team of specialists for treatment planning. We’ll also link you to Turville Bay’s Patient Portal so you can access medical information pertaining to your treatment from your computer or smart phone, or contact your healthcare team if needed.
Following your treatment planning, your stereotactic radiosurgery will be scheduled. The entire dose is delivered in a single treatment during radiosurgery, directly to the area of the tumor or abnormality. During the procedure, very little radiation reaches normal brain structures or tissue, and there is virtually no recovery time. We recommend rest immediately following treatment.
“Our stereotactic radiosurgery team specializes in this unique type of surgery that precisely delivers radiation therapy, spares normal tissue, and requires little or no downtime. It’s pure patient care, completely focused on you.”
Dr. Michelle Mackay