Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy

Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) is an innovative and precise technique. We use it to focus doses of radiation to a very small area of the body

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy allows us to deliver a much higher dose than conventional radiation therapy. It also lets us deliver treatments with millimetre accuracy. SABR also allows us to treat you quicker, between one to five visits. 

What is Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy used for? 

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy is a precise treatment. It is well suited to small primary cancers. It is also very useful when the cancer has spread to only a few other parts of the body (or metastasised). We use SABR to treat a range of tumour types including lung cancers, kidney and adrenal gland cancers, liver cancers, bone metastasis, and spinal metastasis.

Your Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy treatment 

The following will help you if you have cancer. 

Talk with your General Practitioner

First, speak with your doctor to decide if SABR is the right treatment choice for you. 

Make a booking 

You or your GP can make a booking with us at any one of our campuses - Melbourne, Bendigo, Box Hill, Moorabbin and Sunshine - via  

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  • Phone: (03) 8559 8496 

Meet the team 

You can get to know our team of experts via their online profiles (links on the page below).  

Before the treatment 

The radiation therapy team will take x-ray and CT (Computed Tomography) images. This helps us ensure that your treatment is correct. Your radiation therapists will help you relax. You can expect to be comfortable throughout this one-hour session. 

On the day of the treatment 

  1. Tomographical scan: We will carry out a four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) scan. This will happen shortly before your treatment. We will help you get into a specialised body support. This lets you stay still and comfortable for the duration of the scan. 
  2. Treatment design: Your radiation therapy team will use these scans to design your SABR treatment. This treatment design will be an individualised one. 
  3. The SABR treatment itself: We then use several radiation beams. Each of these comes from different angles to deliver the large radiation dose. We shape each of these beams to target your tumour. This also lets us avoid the surrounding healthy tissues. 

The Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy  team 

Our five campuses with radiation therapy sites plan and deliver Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy treatment. These are in Melbourne, Bendigo, Box Hill, Moorabbin and Sunshine. Our team of experts includes radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and medical physicists. They collaborate to ensure the treatment you receive is of the highest quality. Our team currently leads several international clinical trials on SABR treatments. These trials help us to provide you with the latest in SABR treatments. 

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