Proton Therapy for Gastrointestinal Cancers
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 allows physicians the flexibility to treat tumors with higher doses of radiation while keeping healthy surrounding tissue out of the radiation fields. This reduction in dose to critical structures can result in reduced side effects.