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Cumming Radiation Oncologist Performs First Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Forsyth County
Date:6/16/2010

CUMMING, Ga., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- When 76-year old Cumming resident, Charles Smith was diagnosed with lung cancer he thought the worst. Raised in the carnival and a self professed hobo for 21 years, Smith had a less than ordinary life. In addition to his other illnesses, Smith felt limited in his choices for treatment – until Chad Levitt, M.D., Medical Director and Radiation Oncologist with Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia - North Georgia introduced him to Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).

"Mr. Smith was a perfect candidate for this treatment, and upon discussing his case with his referring physician, Mr. Smith and his family, we agreed this would be the best course of action," explained Dr. Levitt.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is the administration of a very large dose of radiation to an isolated tumor or tumors within the body, with the goal to completely kill the cancerous tumor cells.  The treatment is precise and lasts five days, compared to a three month timeline that radiation therapy treatment would require.

"Typically, SBRT consists of 3 to 5 treatments carried out over the course of 1 to 2 weeks," Levitt added. "Mr. Smith was not a surgical candidate due to his other medical problems, thus radiation was one of the only options traditionally more than six weeks of treatment."

The procedure's accurate radiation enables a higher dosage of radiati
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