The Radiation Oncology Department at the University of Vermont Medical Center is one of a select few in New England offering frameless stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to treat brain tumors, metastatic tumors and blood vessel malformations in the brain.
Our new radiosurgery room features advanced frameless technology that is less invasive than standard framed treatment and more comfortable for you.
Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery at The UVM Medical Center
Our Garden Pavilion houses all radiation oncology services in one convenient location. Here, our specialists provide a comprehensive approach to cancer treatment. At the UVM Medical Center you benefit from:
- Experience and expertise: We are among a select few medical centers in New England offering this frame-free procedure.
- Advanced technology: Our new radiosurgery room features advanced frameless technology. Our team uses a removable, stabilizing facemask to hold your head steady during treatment. The standard method involves attaching a box-shaped frame to your head with pins.
- Teamwork: Our radiation oncology team works seamlessly with your physician, surgeon, and hematologist to provide personalized cancer care.
- Therapeutic touches: We designed the Garden Pavilion to provide both comfort and privacy based on input from patients and families. Each treatment area has two exam rooms and two private changing rooms complete with personal restrooms and lockers. Rooftop flower and vegetable gardens offer a tranquil retreat for you and your family. Natural light from skylights and windows brighten and warm the facility.
- Personalized care: At the UVM Medical Center, our goal is to enhance your quality of life both during and after cancer treatment. Our Cancer Patient Support Program provides emotional and educational support to you and your family. Our free Steps to Wellness program helps you regain muscle strength and increase stamina so you can more quickly return to enjoying everyday activities following cancer treatments.
- Convenience: Our location adjacent to the University of Vermont Cancer Center and the parking garage provides easy access between the areas.
What is Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery (FSR)?
Despite its name, stereotactic radiosurgery is not actually surgery. Your physician refers to 3D ultrasound images while delivering a highly-concentrated dose of radiation to the tumor area. This typically requires one treatment session. Occasionally, your physician may choose to deliver the radiation in multiple doses over time, a process known as fractionated radiosurgery.
Our new radiosurgery room features advanced frameless technology. Our team uses a removable, stabilizing facemask to hold your head steady throughout the radiation procedure. Unlike the standard method, frameless radiosurgery does not involve attaching a box-shaped frame to your head with pins. You also will not require local anesthesia.
Benefits of Frameless Radiosurgery
Benefits of frameless stereotactic radiosurgery include:
- More precise delivery of highly-concentrated radiation to targeted cancerous area
- Limited radiation exposure to surrounding healthy brain tissue
- No need for local anesthesia or boxy frame
- More comfortable than framed procedure
- Typically completed in one treatment
- Can be combined with other cancer treatments for greater efficacy
Am I a Candidate for Frameless Radiosurgery?
Your physician may recommend frameless stereotactic radiosurgery if you have:
- Brain tumors, either malignant or benign
- Metastatic tumors
- Pituitary tumors
- Malformed blood vessels in the brain
Find a UVM Medical Center radiation oncologist or call us at 802-847-3506.