Modern medicine continues to develop countless ways to fight cancer. In recent years, however, one treatment option in particular is making a strong impression on those in the medical field. Known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), this cancer treatment allows physicians to more accurately screen patients for potential illness.
David M. Dubin, Chief of Radiation Oncology at Englewood Health, is a big believer in the technology behind SBRT. In fact, he recently spoke with Steve Adubato, PhD., during an episode of One-on-One with Steve Adubato. In the interview, the NJ doctor sheds light on how SBRT improves cancer radiation treatment.
The Benefits of Cancer Screening & SBRT
With early screening technology, physicians can start treating cancer before patients even feel a problem.
“In the old days, we found out (a patient was ill) when the patient was already symptomatic,” Dr. Dubin tells Adubato. “Now we find out by having patients being screened.
“So if a person has a history of lung disease, smoking, they should be speaking to their physicians about getting screened,” he adds. “We’re finding, therefore, smaller tumors, and those smaller tumors are easier to cure. Once the tumor is symptomatic, it’s very rare that a patient is actually cured. Now, we’re finding patients who don’t feel anything, and the tumors are small enough that they can either be removed or they can be treated with radiation for cure.”
As Dr. Dubin explains, with the utilization of this new technology, cancer treatments are improving exponentially. Though the technology still relies on patients being proactive in their own healthcare, it’s a big step towards stopping cancer.
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