Proton therapy is frequently used to treat cancers in the gastrointestinal tract including pancreatic and liver cancer. Proton therapy can uniquely deposit most of its radiation directly into the tumor while delivering very little irradiation to adjacent normal tissues like the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. This minimizes the risk of damage to these critical gastrointestinal organs, allowing for fewer side effects for patients.
Gastrointestinal cancers we treat with proton radiation therapy include
- Bile duct
- Stomach (gastric)
- Recurrent gastrointestinal tumors