Pancreatic Cancer Radiation Oncology Therapy
As a pancreatic cancer patient, part of your care team will include a radiation oncologist.
He or she may recommend one of the following radiation treatment delivery systems for your type of pancreatic cancer:
Your radiation treatment depends on the type and stage of your pancreatic cancer.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Pancreatic Cancer
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), types of radiation therapy, may be options for your type of pancreatic cancer if your:
- Tumor is too large to remove surgically.
- Cancer care team does not recommend surgery as a part of your treatment plan.
- Is a precise and effective form of radiation therapy.
- Treats tumors in difficult or hard-to-reach areas of the body – such as the pancreas – using advanced radiation therapy delivery systems.
- Is a minimally-invasive procedure.
Compared to conventional radiation therapy techniques, SRS allows radiation oncologists to adminster higher doses of radiation to destroy pancreatic tumors, while reducing risk to nearby sensitive or critical structures.
Learn more about radiosurgery at UPMC CancerCenter.