CyberKnife Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer
Non-Surgical, Non-Invasive Cancer Treatment in Pasadena, CA
At Pasadena CyberKnife Center, we strive to provide world-class cancer treatment to patients throughout the Pasadena and greater Los Angeles, CA area. Our team of doctors, radiation oncologists, and cancer-fighting specialists works with every patient on an individual level, designing personalized treatment plans that help patients beat cancer and achieve full-body health. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most frightening and difficult cancers to be diagnosed with – but with CyberKnife, there’s new hope.
Previous Pancreatic Cancer Treatments
For years, the most common treatment for pancreatic cancer has been surgery, often called the Whipple Procedure. Even when surgery is effective and fully removes the tumor, however, roughly 50% of patients experience recurrence – and clinical studies show a median survival rate of just 11 months after surgery. At two years after the surgery, survival rates are just 20%.
As an alternative to surgery, doctors attempted to combine the Whipple Procedure with external beam radiation therapy (XRT) and chemotherapy. While studies show that this combination may reduce recurrence, the survival rates are still fairly low. Another approach is intensity modulated radiation therapy, or IMRT. This allows for a higher dosage of radiation and better tumor control and long-term survival rates, but the treatments must be delivered over the course of five weeks.
Treating Pancreatic Cancer with CyberKnife
CyberKnife offers a new solution for pancreatic cancer. Using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and image-guided IMRT (IG-IMRT), CyberKnife can complete a full treatment course in just one to five sessions over the course of a week. This provides significant improvements to tumor control and survival rates while lowering rates of complications.
Thanks to CyberKnife’s imaging and respiratory tracking capabilities, it can deliver superior dosages of radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy, providing a powerful cancer treatment without damaging surrounding tissues. CyberKnife treatments are given on an outpatient basis over the course of one to five days throughout a week, and patients are free to go about their day as normal after treatment. CyberKnife treatments are completely painless and require no usage of braces or immobility devices, allowing the patient to lie comfortably on the treatment table as CyberKnife delivers treatment. After you finish your last CyberKnife treatment session, you’ll come back in periodically for follow-up appointments to ensure the treatment was effective.
Contact Your Pasadena, CA Cancer Treatment Center
Whether for you or a loved one, a pancreatic cancer diagnosis is scary – but the team at Pasadena CyberKnife Center is here to help. With a world-class team of cancer treatment specialists and one of the most advanced cancer treatments in the world, we’ll work with you to design a treatment plan that works for you and helps you achieve total, full-body health. If you’re ready to take the fight against cancer into your own hands, call us today at (626) 768-1021 or reach out to us at our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you.