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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Make an informed decision about your pancreatic cancer treatment and give yourself the best potential for a cure.

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy is an effective treatment option for many pancreatic cancer patients, both those diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic cancer and those with the rarer endocrine pancreatic cancer.

If you have questions about the types of treatments available to you, we encourage you to have a consultation with one of our radiation oncologists. They will gladly take the time to discuss all aspects of your pancreatic cancer with you, providing answers to questions along the way. Call us at 904-880-5522 to begin your journey toward defeating pancreatic cancer.

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Treatments

Pancreatic cancer treatment usually requires a combination approach. Treatment often includes tumor removal, along with chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and/or radiation therapy.

Ackerman Cancer Center offers a variety of radiation therapy options for the treatment of pancreatic cancer including:

  • Proton Therapy

    Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the X-ray beams travel through the tumor, destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.

    Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. Though proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.

    Learn more about proton therapy

  • 3-D External Beam Radiation

    3-D External Beam Radiation, also known as 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy, is a technique that delivers radiation to a tumor site. Imaging scans and special computers map the location of the tumor in three dimensions. During treatment, several beams deliver radiation matched to the shape of the tumor.

  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

    IMRT uses beams of radiation from multiple angles, and of varying intensities, to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3-D images to monitor the tumor’s exact location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.

Research on Proton for Pancreatic Cancer

Proton Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute

Traditional radiation therapy compromises surrounding organs and tissue when treating pancreatic cancer. By treating pancreatic cancer with proton therapy, the outcomes are better and side effects are reduced.

Proton Re-Irradiation for Locally Recurrent Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

International Journal of Radiation Oncology

This study followed a carefully selected group of patients who had a local recurrence after definitive treatment for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The patients irradiated (received a second round of radiation treatments) using proton therapy. The treatment ...

What to Expect

Being diagnosed with cancer raises many questions. Learn what to expect during cancer treatment here.

For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call 904-880-5522.