Precision radiation
Precision radiation

Precision radiation provides hope for better chances of survival in the event of metastasis

Initial radiation treatment has shown good results for tumors with slow metastazation

Being able to eliminate metastases in the body even in critical areas with the help of precision radiation results in significantly better chances of survival for patients. Previously, metastases were only radiated when the goal was to relieve pain. With stereotactic precision radiation, metastases can now be eliminated down to the nearest millimeter without damaging the surrounding tissue or organs – for example in the event of metastases to the lungs. Tumors with a slow distribution pattern are particularly suited to being curbed by precision radiation. Common types of slow-spreading tumors often include lung, breast or prostate cancer. Oncologists are now also sure that precision radiation can actually lead to long-term survival for patients in a limited number of metastases. The benefits and risks of precision radiation are carefully weighed up in advance. First of all, examinations are performed to find out where the metastases are located, how many there are and whether surrounding structures are affected. The metastases are only treated in this way if precision radiation genuinely has a chance of being successful.

Distant metastases depend on the primary tumor

Where precisely the distant metastases form also depends on the original tumor. In the case of breast cancer, the metastases are often found in the regional lymph nodes. As the illness progresses further, metastases can also form in the bones. With precision radiation, the metastases could also reach areas that are not eligible for surgery. Cancer cells can travel through the body in the blood or lymph fluid and thereby reach distant areas of the body. Based on the latest scientific knowledge, doctors now know that what are known as cancer stem cells are responsible for the development of metastases. These cells are able to create even more cancer cells and allow the existing tumor or even metastases to grow. The latest scientific knowledge has found that precision radiation can offer a survival chance even to patients with metastases.

The basis for all precision radiation is formed by the precise positioning of patients under the linear accelerator in order to improve the quality of treatment. Thanks to an integrated RFID (radio frequency identification) reader and the automatic compensation for breathing and intestinal movements, the Radiotherapy Patient System RPS makes an important contribution here. Would you like to learn more? Then write to us at