If you have pancreatic cancer, you may also need radiation therapy, along with chemotherapy and/or surgery. Radiation therapy is a treatment that precisely sends high levels of radiation directly to the cancer cells to shrink tumors. Our radiation oncologists are internationally recognized for their expertise and leadership in care as well as research.
External radiation (external beam therapy) is a treatment that precisely sends high levels of radiation directly to the cancer cells. The machine is controlled by the radiation therapist. Since radiation is used to kill cancer cells and to shrink tumors, special shields may be used to protect the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Radiation treatments are painless and usually last a few minutes. Radiation therapy may be given alone, or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer.