The Roswell Park Department of Radiation Medicine offers the latest in cutting-edge technology and treatments, some of which are unavailable elsewhere in Western New York. We have a full-time multidisciplinary staff of radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, physicists, radiation therapists and more.
When radiation therapy is part of the treatment for pancreas cancer, it is often given along with chemotherapy before surgery to improve surgical treatment’s outcome. If surgery is done initially, some patients may need radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy afterwards. Radiation therapy may also be used as palliative care, to ease cancer symptoms.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. The radiation overwhelms cancer cells with oxidizing molecules that disrupt important cell functions and damage the cancer cells’ DNA so that the cells’ functions are out of balance and they die.
Radiation therapy for pancreas cancers may be delivered in different ways, including: