When treating gastrointestinal (GI) tumors, physicians will treat with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However, proton therapy can deliver a high dose of radiation therapy to a specific target while limiting dose to adjacent normal tissues.
The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center treats several gastrointestinal tumors or cancers such as:
- Primary liver cancer
- Bile duct cancer
- Secondary (metastatic) liver tumors
- Anal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Recurrent rectal cancer
Benefits of proton therapy on GI cancers
- Less harm to healthy tissues and vital organs such as the liver, small bowel and stomach
- Less side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue
- Ability to effectively treat recurrent or previously irradiated tumors
The image demonstrates how proton therapy is more beneficial for the liver, small bowel, kidneys, and stomach than traditional radiation.