Summary Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with few effective treatment modalities. Stereotactic body radiation therapy is a novel technique that takes advantage of the technologic advancements in image guidance and radiation dose delivery to direct ablative doses to tumors with acceptable toxicity that was not previously achievable with conventional techniques. Recent literature contains reports of stereotactic body radiation therapy in patients with locally advanced pancreatic tumors. This paper presents a summary of the current data and highlights the limitations and the promise. Further clinical study in the form of multi-institutional trials is warranted to establish the role of stereotactic body radiation therapy as a comparable noninvasive alternative to surgery.
Bryan W Chang, Muhammad W Saif