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How is radiosurgery different from traditional surgery?


Radiosurgery is a radiation therapy procedure that uses a special system to precisely deliver a large radiation dose to a tumor over one to five treatment sessions. The goal of this non-invasive procedure is to destroy the target without surgery or harming nearby healthy tissue. It is used to treat various types of cancer such as tumors in the brain, spine, lung, liver and prostate as well as some other non-cancerous disorders. It is also called radiation surgery, stereotactic external-beam radiation, stereotactic radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and stereotaxic radiosurgery.

For more information on radiosurgery, contact the Radiology Department at East Jefferson General Hospital at 504-456-5000 or visit www.ejgh.org.

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