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Radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer is usually image guided radiotherapy (IGRT). This means you will have scans or X-rays taken while you are having radiotherapy to check that you are in exactly the right position during treatment.
The different types of radiotherapy all aim to focus the radiation on the cancer and limit the amount of radiation to surrounding organs and healthy tissues.
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) or stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is a type of very precise radiotherapy. You may have heard it called Cyberknife®. SABR delivers higher doses of radiation in a shorter time, which reduces the number of treatments. SABR is not routinely available for pancreatic cancer on the NHS, and is only available in a few hospitals in the UK. You can ask your doctor more about SABR.
Clinical trials are medical research studies that involve patients. You could ask your doctor about any clinical trials involving radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy that might be suitable for you. We also have information about current clinical trials for pancreatic cancer in the UK.
Updated September 2019
Review date September 2021