Review and uses of stereotactic body radiation Therapy for oligometastases

Filippo Alongi, Stefano Arcangeli, Andrea Riccardo Filippi, Umberto Ricardi, Marta Scorsetti

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In patients with proven distant metastases from solid tumors, it has been a notion that the condition is incurable, warranting palliative care only. The term "oligometastases" was coined to refer to isolated sites of metastasis, whereby the entire burden of disease can be recognized as a finite number of discrete lesions that can be potentially cured with local therapies. Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a novel treatment modality in radiation oncology that delivers a very high dose of radiation to the tumor target with high precision using single or a small number of fractions. SBRT is the result of technological advances in patient and tumor immobilization, image guidance, and treatment planning and delivery. A number of studies, both retrospective and prospective, showed promising results in terms of local tumor control and, in a limited subset of patients, of survival. This article reviews the radiobiologic, technical, and clinical aspects of SBRT for various anatomical sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1100-1107
Number of pages8
JournalThe oncologist
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • Health care economics
  • Image-guided
  • Metastases
  • Neoplasm
  • Radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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