Radiation Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer: Executive Summary of an ASTRO Clinical Practice Guideline.


Journal Article

PURPOSE: This guideline systematically reviews the evidence for treatment of pancreatic cancer with radiation in the adjuvant, neoadjuvant, definitive, and palliative settings and provides recommendations on indications and technical considerations. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The American Society for Radiation Oncology convened a task force to address 7 key questions focused on radiation therapy, including dose fractionation and treatment volumes, simulation and treatment planning, and prevention of radiation-associated toxicities. Recommendations were based on a systematic literature review and created using a predefined consensus-building methodology and system for grading evidence quality and recommendation strength. RESULTS: The guideline conditionally recommends conventionally fractionated or stereotactic body radiation for neoadjuvant and definitive therapy in certain patients and conventionally fractionated regimens for adjuvant therapy. The task force suggests a range of appropriate dose-fractionation schemes and provides recommendations on target volumes and sequencing of radiation and chemotherapy. Motion management, daily image guidance, use of contrast, and treatment with modulated techniques are all recommended. The task force supported prophylactic antiemetic medication, and patients may also benefit from medications to reduce acid secretion. CONCLUSIONS: The role of radiation in the management of pancreatic cancer is evolving, with many ongoing areas of active investigation. Radiation therapy is likely to become even more important as new systemic therapies are developed and there is increased focus on controlling local disease. It is important that the nuances of available data are discussed with patients and families and that care be coordinated in a multidisciplinary fashion.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Palta, M; Godfrey, D; Goodman, KA; Hoffe, S; Dawson, LA; Dessert, D; Hall, WA; Herman, JM; Khorana, AA; Merchant, N; Parekh, A; Patton, C; Pepek, JM; Salama, JK; Tuli, R; Koong, AC

Published Date

  • September 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 322 - 332

PubMed ID

  • 31474330

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31474330

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-8519

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.prro.2019.06.016


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States