Radiation Oncology


Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Surgeons at Penn Medicine have been performing laser surgery to destroy cancer cells for more than 20 years.

Stereotactic radiosurgery does not involve actual surgery, but uses a large dose of radiation to destroy tumor tissue in the brain. The patient's head is placed in a special frame, and the frame is used to aim high-dose radiation beams directly at the tumor inside the patient's head. The dose and area receiving the radiation are coordinated very precisely.

Stereotactic radiosurgery is performed using:

  • Linear accelerator
  • Gamma Knife®

The Advantage to Patients

One of the advantages of stereotactic radiosurgery as a cancer treatment is that most nearby tissues are not damaged by this procedure.

Type of Cancer Treated with Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Physicians at Penn Medicine are using stereotactic radiosurgery to treat:

  • Brain tumors
  • Spine cancer
  • Metastatic lesions