Proton Therapy for Gastrointestinal Tumors
Treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) tract tumors typically includes a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Proton therapy is a form of radiation therapy that enables our physicians to provide a highly targeted dose of radiation directly to your tumor.
This precise treatment reduces radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and organs, which are highly sensitive and can make traditional radiation treatment more challenging. As a result, proton therapy helps minimize the risk of side effects in the stomach, bowel, kidneys and other nearby organs.
If your cancer is recurrent, additional rounds of traditional X-ray radiation treatment often aren’t possible because of the higher risk to these vital organs and tissues. In these cases, proton therapy can provide an optimal dose while protecting surrounding areas, which can potentially result in higher remission rates.
“My appointments were easy, painless and prompt. I usually arrived at 2:00 PM and was out the door by 3:00 PM,” says Maryland Proton Treatment Center Patient Dorothy Stangroom. Read her story here.
GI cancers we treat with proton therapy
- Anal canal
- Bile duct
Learn more about proton therapy
Request a consultation below to learn if proton therapy might benefit you. Our physicians will work with you and your care team to create your personalized treatment plan.