Pancreas Tumor Treatment Options

Overview

CyberKnife is the first and only Robotic Radiotherapy system for detecting and treating tumors in real-time, maintaining sub-millimeter accuracy.

Pancreas Tumor radiation treatment at Spokane CyberKnifeWhat is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the pancreas that results in a tumor.

Primary Pancreatic Cancer: If the abnormal cells originated in the pancreas, it is considered a primary pancreatic tumor. In this case, most tumors begin in the ducts of the pancreas and are called adenocarcinomas.

Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer: If the abnormal cells originated in the pancreas and were carried to other parts of the body through blood or other bodily fluids, then it is considered a metastatic pancreatic tumor.

Treating Pancreatic Cancer At Spokane CyberKnife

The challenge that doctors face with cancer of the pancreas is that the tumor moves as the patient breathes, making it difficult to target them accurately with radiation. As a result, the tumor may not receive enough radiation, and healthy tissue near the tumor may be damaged.

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System offers patients a new option for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Unlike traditional radiation therapy, the CyberKnife System utilizes the Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System that precisely identifies the tumor location as the patient breathes normally during treatment. The CyberKnife system continuously synchronizes beam delivery in real-time to the motion of the tumor, allowing clinicians to significantly reduce margins (1-2 mm) while eliminating the need for gating or breath-holding techniques.