Proton Therapy for Gastrointestinal Cancers

Proton Therapy. Fewer side effects. More to life.

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:

  • Esophageal
  • Gastric
  • Pancreatic
  • Primary liver
  • Anal
  • Rectal
  • Bile duct
  • Metastatic tumors from various other sites.

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
proton therapy for gastrointestinal cancers

The image demonstrates how proton therapy is more beneficial for the liver, small bowel, kidneys, and stomach than traditional radiation.

Scientific Evidence

Read more scientific evidence about proton therapy and gastrointestinal cancers from MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center's published research.

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