Radiation Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer, Los Angeles, CA
Cyberknife is the first and only Robotic Radiotherapy system for detecting and treating tumors in real time, maintaining sub-millimeter accuracy. This is particularly important for the treatment of pancreatic tumors. Treatments are completed in 5 days or less in our comfortable outpatient setting. Most patients experience minimal to no side effects with a quick recovery time.
Cyberknife – Pancreas Cancer Overview
Pancreatic Cancer Treatments At Pasadena CyberKnife
Here at Pasadena CyberKnife, we provide the most advanced stereotactic radiosurgery treatments to patients all across the greater Pasadena, CA area. If your oncologist has recently diagnosed you with pancreatic cancer, our targeted radiation therapy might be one of the best treatment options available to you!
Our state-of-the-art CyberKnife system delivers precise doses of radiation with incredible accuracy, making it the perfect choice for pancreatic cancer patients both young and old. If you’ve explored other options — such as surgery — and they’re just not right for you, our Los Angeles CyberKnife treatment center provides a non-invasive alternative.
What Is Your Pancreas?
Your pancreas is an organ that sits behind your stomach. It’s shaped a like a fish with a wide head, a tapering body, and a narrow, pointed tail. In adults, it’s about 6 inches long but less than 2 inches wide. The head of the pancreas is on the right side of the abdomen (belly), behind where the stomach meets the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). The body of the pancreas is behind the stomach, and the tail of the pancreas is on the left side of the abdomen next to the spleen.
Most of the cells in the pancreas form the exocrine glands and ducts. The exocrine glands make pancreatic enzymes that are released into the intestines to help you digest foods. A smaller portion of the pancreas includes endocrine cells, which create important hormones like insulin and glucagon
What Is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that starts in the pancreas, causing both small and large tumors to grow. This form of cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancerous, and can spread to other areas.
Symptoms Of Pancreatic Cancer
Regardless if you haven’t been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately so that the cause can be found and treated, if needed.
Some possible signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
- Dark urine
- Light-colored or greasy stools
- Itchy skin
- Belly or back pain
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Gallbladder or liver enlargement
- Blood clots
- Fatty tissue abnormalities
What Is Stereotactic Radiosurgery?
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a highly precise form of radiation therapy initially developed to treat small brain tumors and functional abnormalities of the brain. This treatment is only possible due to the development of highly advanced radiation technologies — such as our CyberKnife system — that permit maximum radiation dose delivery within the target while minimizing dose to the surrounding healthy tissue.
The CyberKnife® Robotic Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) System was cleared by the FDA in 2001 to treat tumors anywhere in the body, including the pancreas! Despite its name, the CyberKnife System is non-surgical procedure. In fact, there is no cutting or anesthesia involved at all! Instead, the CyberKnife System delivers high doses of pin-point, sub-millimeter radiation beams directly to the tumor, ablating the cancer and preserving healthy tissue.
The Pasadena CyberKnife Treatment Process For Pancreatic Cancer
CyberKnife is an incredibly accurate means of delivering concentrated radiation right where it needs to go to destroy tumors! There’s no breath-holding, respiratory gating, or uncomfortable contraptions designed to restrict movement with CyberKnife.
At Pasadena CyberKnife, our CyberKnife system delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the cancerous tissue with pinpoint precision. Unlike conventional radiation therapy treatments, the CyberKnife Synchrony® Respiratory Tracking System is designed to respond to the movement of the tumor as a result of respiration or other involuntary bodily functions. During treatment, the Pasadena CyberKnife system continually calibrates your tumor’s position through a unique combination of real-time imaging and intelligent tumor tracking – remaining on target throughout treatment.
Pasadena CyberKnife uses a patient’s bone structure as a point of reference to locate the tumor. In some cases, your doctor may insert three to five fiducial markers — tiny golden seeds — into your tumor to help the CyberKnife system locate it. Not all patients need fiducials, but if you do, they can be inserted as an outpatient procedure.
Minimal Side Effects With Pasadena CyberKnife
Because of its pinpoint precision, our CyberKnife system minimizes damage to healthy tissues around tumors, which results in fewer side effects. There’s often no pain or sickness like you would experience with conventional radiation treatments; nor is there any need for an overnight hospital stay. Patients can go home and resume their normal daily activities after each treatment session at our Pasadena cancer center.
Fast & Effective Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Each CyberKnife treatment session at our Pasadena cancer center takes between 30 and 90 minutes to complete. Treatments are completed in one to five sessions, usually in the course of just one week. That’s a vast improvement over the 25 to 40 sessions patients need with conventional radiation therapy!
Get In Touch With Pasadena CyberKnife For Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Today!
Regardless if you’ve just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, or you’ve been utilizing traditional treatments for a long time, Pasadena CyberKnife is a fast and effective alternative to conventional pancreatic cancer treatments!
With state-of-the-art CyberKnife technology, our team in Pasadena, CA can provide you pinpoint radiation targeting that keep your surrounding tissues as healthy as possible. For more information on our CyberKnife system, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!
Learn more about CyberKnife® and Pancreatic Cancer
For more information on CyberKnife’s ability to treat Pancreas Cancer, check out our Case Studies.