By using proton therapy to treat gastointestinal (GI) cancers, a higher dose of radiation is able to be delivered directly to where it needs to be — to the cancerous cells — while sparing healthy tissues and critical areas of the body such as the liver, kidneys, small bowel and stomach. When treating GI tumors, treatment will often be a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
GI cancers we treat with proton therapy are:
- Bile duct
- Metastatic tumors
- Primary liver
Why MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center
The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center has years of experience treating gastrointestinal cancers. Patients will have access to a multidisciplinary team that includes radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, nurses and others. We will evaluate patients and create a plan that fits each patient's specific needs. Patients cases will also be reviewed by medical oncology and surgery when indicated.