Proton Therapy for Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment
Gastrointestinal tract cancer, also called GI cancer, refers to cancers which occur anywhere within the digestive tract, such as the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon, rectum and anus. GI cancers can be challenging to treat due to their location close to sensitive structures. Typically, a combination of treatments is used to treat GI tumors including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
The precision of proton therapy for gastrointestinal cancer treatment allows physicians the flexibility to treat tumors with higher doses of radiation while lowering the risk of damage to healthy surrounding tissue. Avoiding unnecessary radiation to healthy tissue during gastrointestinal cancer treatment reduces the risk of side effects compared to traditional radiation.