Cancers of the Pancreas, Liver, Gallbladder and Bile Duct

About

Cancers of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile duct are also known as hepatobiliary cancers. They are most often adenocarcinomas, a type of cancer that that originates in a gland or has glandular characteristics.  A doctor may be able to remove these cancers surgically. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are frequently used before or after surgical removal. In some situations radiation and chemotherapy may be used instead of surgery. Radiotherapy techniques have evolved, and doctors are often able to safely administer a high dose of radiation to a particular area.

Radiotherapy for Pancreas, Liver, Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancers

Radiotherapy is a treatment that uses targeted, high-energy x-rays from a machine to kill cancer cells. Radiation works by damaging the DNA inside cells, making them unable to divide and grow. Treatment sessions are done on an outpatient basis. A course of treatment may range from one week to six weeks of daily sessions, depending on the patient’s clinical situation.  Please see our Guide to Radiotherapy.

Radiotherapy can have side effects, and these vary from person to person.

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

Your Team

Your treatment at the Precision Radiotherapy Center is led by radiation oncologists who have specific expertise in treating patients with cancers of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile duct. Your team also includes members of our multidisciplinary gastrointestinal team, which is made up of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, gastroenterologists and pathologists. This team meets on a weekly basis to discuss cases of newly diagnosed patients and to recommend a treatment strategy.

Patients treated at Precision Radiotherapy may qualify for participation in clinical trials that explore promising new treatments.

Learn more

http://www.cancer.gov/types/gallbladder
http://www.cancer.gov/types/liver
http://www.cancer.gov/types/pancreatic