Proton Beam Radiation Therapy
Proton beam radiation therapy is an advanced type of radiation therapy aimed at destroying cancerous cells using protons. The treatment offers sub-millimeter precision that delivers high-energy proton beams directly to tumors, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Benefits of Proton Therapy
- Proton therapy is especially beneficial for cancers in sensitive areas and for children.
- 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.
- Proton therapy can treat both malignant and benign tumors.
Cancers Treated by Proton Therapy
Proton therapy most often treats tumors in sensitive areas where conventional therapy may not be the best option. Proton therapy is a beneficial option for treating pediatric cancers because it can minimize damage to their smaller and still developing bodies. Proton therapy is not appropriate for all cancers, but it is particularly applicable to treat certain cancers including:
Is Proton Therapy Right for Me?
Proton therapy can treat most solid tumor cancers and can be used alone or jointly with chemotherapy and other treatments. Factors such as overall health are taken into consideration, and we evaluate every case to determine if proton therapy is right for you.
Proton therapy is not right for every situation. If you have a cancer where proton therapy would be effective, we will evaluate your diagnosis to find the best option individualized to you and your cancer.