Cancers Treated by Proton Therapy
Proton therapy can treat many different cancers. Many factors, such as overall health and stage of cancer, are taken into consideration. Your cancer is specific to you. Proton therapy may not be right for every case. For those cancers where it is effective, we will evaluate your specific clinical situation to find the best option.
Benefits of Proton Therapy
- High-energy, precisely-targeted proton beams can deliver high doses of radiation to destroy cancerous cells, reducing recurrence rates for many cancer cases.
- Proton therapy is non-invasive and may reduce side effects.
- Patients treated with proton therapy may have increased tolerance for chemotherapy.
- Patients can maintain their current quality of life during and after treatment.
- It is sometimes used effectively to treat areas that have already been treated with radiation.
Bladder cancer usually occurs within the lining of the bladder, which stores the body’s urine, and can grow into the bladder wall. The exact causes of bladder cancer are unknown. Some of the symptoms for bladder cancer are quite similar to other non-cancer related illnesses. If detected early and treated, the overall five-year survival rate for bladder cancer is 77 percent, and 98 percent for noninvasive bladder cancer.
Brain cancer is due to the growth of abnormal (tumor) cells in the brain. Similar tumors occur in the spinal cord.
Breast cancer is the second-deadliest cancer among American women. Other than adopting a healthier lifestyle, early detection with regular mammograms remains the single most effective way for combating the disease.
Childhood cancers are rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all cancer diagnoses.
Proton therapy is effective in treating many types of upper gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal, esophageal, liver, pancreatic and stomach cancer.
Head and Neck Cancers
Head and neck cancers occur when cancerous cells develop in the head and neck area, including the mouth, throat, and nasal cavity.
Lung cancer develops in the tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. It is responsible for the most cancer-related deaths in both men and women in Texas.
Proton therapy is effective in treating Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas.
Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Proton therapy is a precise treatment for prostate cancer that delivers high doses of radiation directly to tumors. The treatment’s accuracy works to eliminate cancerous cells while minimizing exposure to non-targeted, healthy tissue near the prostate. As a result, men get the benefit of extremely precise tumor targeting with a lower risk for potential side effects.
Cancer recurrence happens when cancer returns after treatment and after a period when no cancer could be detected. The timeframe of recurrence can vary. Cancer may return where it previously occurred or in another part of the body.
Sarcomas are cancers of connective tissue. They are divided into groups based on if they arise in soft tissue or bone.