Advances of stereotactic body radiotherapy in pancreatic cancer

Qichun Wei, Wei Yu, Lauren M. Rosati, Joseph M. Herman

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Pancreatic cancer (PCA) is one of the most aggressive tumors with few effective treatment modalities. It is the 4th and 7th leading cause of cancer death in the United States and China, respectively. At the time of diagnosis, only 20% of cases present with a resectable tumor, and about 40% with a locally advanced tumor that is considered unresectable. Even resected patients still have a poor prognosis, with an incidence of local recurrence ranging from 20% to 60%. It is also reported that up to 30% of PCA patients die from locally obstructive disease with few or no distant metastases. These findings have highlighted the importance of local radiation therapy in the treatment of PCA. As the role of conventional chemoradiotherapy remains controversial, the dawn of the pancreas stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) era represents a potential paradigm shift in the management of PCA. SBRT delivers a higher biological effective dose to the tumor with sharp dose escalation in a shorter treatment time course. Pancreas SBRT is a novel therapeutic option to achieve local tumor control with minimal toxicity. Herein, we review the advancement of SBRT for PCA patients with different stages of pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-357
Number of pages9
JournalChinese Journal of Cancer Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015


  • Pancreatic cancer (PCA)
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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