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Radiation Beams Fight Tough Colon Cancer

Patient HandsImagine focusing hundreds, or even thousands, of radiation beams on a cancerous tumor, hitting it hard with high-precision doses of radiation.

It’s called Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT). While the technique is not new, it’s now become available to treat colon cancers that have spread to a person’s liver.

Doctors have used SBRT in the U.S. over the last 15 years to treat lung, liver, prostate or spinal tumors. Expanding its use is an exciting development, in part, because it’s a super-charged treatment. It can do in one to five sessions what standard radiation takes 20, 30 or even 40 sessions to accomplish.

It also can help patients who have cancer that has spread from the initial site to other areas of the body. This can give hope to patients with more advanced cases. Learn more