Pancreatic carcinoma is cancer of the pancreas. A tumor or cancer in the pancreas may often grow without any symptoms at first. This may mean pancreatic cancer is more advanced when it is first found.
RADIOTHERAPY Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to kill cancer cells. It is not often used to treat pancreatic cancer. But you may have radiotherapy if it isn’t possible to completely remove your pancreatic cancer with surgery. Your doctor may also suggest radiotherapy if you are not fit enough to have a long operation. Radiotherapy on its own is very unlikely to cure your cancer. But it may help to shrink it or slow its growth. The actual treatment only takes a few minutes. The radiographer will help you into position on the couch and make sure you are comfortable. You will be left alone for the minute or two the machine is switched on. But the staff will be able to hear you through an intercom, so call if you need them. The treatment does not hurt. In fact, you will not be able to feel it at all. You must lie very still for the few minutes it takes to treat you.
Having external radiotherapy does not make you radioactive. It is perfectly safe to be with other people, including children, throughout your treatment course.
Varian's Trilogy system: combines the capabilities of other external beam radiation technologies -- including Cyberknife, Tomotherapy, and Novalis;