Treating With Proton Therapy

Treatment for GI tract tumors often requires a combination of radiation therapy and either chemotherapy or surgery. The combination of these therapies can be difficult for patients to tolerate. In some cases, standard radiation isn’t a viable treatment option for patients because it would cause too much damage to healthy tissues and organs near the tumor.

For these patients, proton therapy can be an effective treatment option. Protons deposit more energy directly to the tumor and reduce the radiation dose to healthy tissues.1 Patients treated with proton therapy for GI tract tumors can/may experience fewer side effects as well.2,3

Treatment-planning studies for esophageal cancer found that the more precise dose delivered with proton therapy reduced the likelihood of lung complications.2

GI tract tumors most appropriate for proton therapy include:

  • Esophagus
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Rectum
  • Anal canal

Request more information or call 877.887.5807 to learn if you can benefit from proton therapy.

CDH Proton Center