Body stereotactic radiosurgery

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
Record ID 31998008935
Authors' objectives: This report has been produced in response to a request regarding body stereotactic radiosurgery (body SRS). There was interest in whether body SRS is part of the accepted treatment protocol for cancers located outside the brain or if it is still at the research stage.
Authors' recommendations: Studies that have looked at the effectiveness of body SRS are of poor quality. In conclusion it can be stated that: 1. Preliminary results using body SRS are promising but based on anecdotal reports. Only small numbers of patients have been treated, and follow-up is limited; 2. Body SRS is still investigational. There is no evidence, as yet, that it is any better than alternative treatments; 3. Good quality studies are needed to show that body SRS, whether alone or as part of a multimodality treatment regime, is effective in treating extracranial cancers.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1998
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Radiosurgery
  • Stereotaxic Techniques
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Neoplasms
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
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