What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy uses targeted energy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and provide relief of certain cancer-related symptoms. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our state-of-the-art radiation therapy program brings our patients the leading technology.
Our radiation oncologists use a variety of advanced technologies to deliver maximum radiation doses to tumors, with less damage to healthy tissues and organs. By focusing the radiation directly on the tumor, there is a lower risk of side effects.
Your well-being is at the center of everything we do. In addition to our leading radiation technologies, you’ll be treated by a team of clinicians from areas like nutrition therapy and oncology rehabilitation, all working together to meet your needs throughout treatment. This approach helps us plan for any side effects from the start, and quickly address any symptoms you may experience.
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Radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer
Since the pancreas is hidden behind other organs, such as the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, spleen and bile ducts, radiation treatment requires accuracy and precision. We offer the latest and most targeted radiation treatments for pancreatic cancer.
With advanced radiation therapy delivery systems, our radiation oncologists are better able to target difficult-to-reach tumors in the pancreas. Also, our radiation oncologists can direct higher radiation doses at pancreatic cancer cells, while reducing exposure to normal, healthy pancreatic tissue.
For treating pancreatic cancer, radiation therapy is often given concurrently with chemotherapy, called chemoradiation.