Cancer Terms to Know: Local Control

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, you or a loved one may hear a number of unfamiliar terms associated with your care plan and the treatment options available to you. At Illinois CyberKnife, we work hard to carefully educate our patients on all the new information they receive before, during and after treatment to ensure patients feel comfortable and at ease.

When a patient is presented with treatment options, one term that is often used to explain treatment outcomes is local control. Local control is defined as the stopping of cancer growth at the origin. Treatment outcomes may be described in terms of the quality of local control of the tumor following completion of treatment or how well the treatment managed to control the growth or spread of the tumor from its original site.

At Illinois CyberKnife, our experienced team of physicians treats patients with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a treatment method well known for its sustained local control for lung cancer treatment. Patients treated with SBRT were reported to have experienced long-term management in stopping the spread of tumors originally found within the lungs. To learn more about local control or CyberKnife® treatment, contact our center at 847-723-0100.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.