Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR)

Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) is a cutting-edge technique used to highly focused doses of radiation to a very small area of the body.

SABR is a precision technique that is used to deliver a much higher dose of radiation to the tumour than what can be achieved compared with conventional radiation therapy. The treatments are delivered with millimetre accuracy. SABR treatments typically involve between one and five treatments, meaning fewer trips to the hospital.

What is SABR used for?

As a very precise treatment, SABR is ideally suited to small primary cancers and small areas of metastasis (cancer spread from another site in the body). SABR is used to treat a range of tumour types including:

What does SABR mean for you?

The first step is usually a four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) scan captured while you lie in a specialised body support that will help you hold perfectly still. Your radiation therapy team will use these scans to design an individualised SABR treatment to deliver the large radiation dose to the tumour while avoiding surrounding healthy tissues.

SABR treatments use a number of radiation beams from different angles, each shaped to precisely target the tumour. Before the treatment is delivered, the radiation therapy team will take x-ray and CT images to ensure treatment accuracy. The treatment appointment can take about an hour, and your radiation therapists will help to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable throughout.

The SABR team

SABR treatment is planned and delivered at four of our Peter Mac radiation therapy sites: Melbourne, Bendigo, Moorabbin and Sunshine.

As a leader in the field of SABR, Peter Mac has a team of experts including radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and medical physicists who work closely to ensure the treatment our patients receive is of the highest quality. Our team currently lead several international clinical trials on SABR treatments, helping us to provide the latest in SABR treatments to our patients.

Please speak with your doctor to determine if SABR is the appropriate treatment choice for you.

SABR team 2017

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Contact

Nurse coordinators

Marianne Heppell
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (03) 8559 7652
Sarah McLean
Phone: (03) 8559 7436

Administrative support

Elizabeth Nicholas
Phone: (03) 8559 7424