A PIONEERING new procedure has helped to save the lives of hundreds of Irish cancer patients.
The Beacon Hospital in Dublin has reported a 90pc success rate in eradicating inoperable early-stage lung tumours using a technology called stereotactic radiosurgery.
It has now performed 500 treatments for different types of cancers in the last five years using the system.
Stereotactic radiosurgery is a highly precise form of radiation therapy initially developed to treat small brain tumours and functional abnormalities of the brain. It is also a non-surgical procedure.
Many of the patients who have undergone the procedure were not candidates for traditional surgery.