Brain cancer treatments are carefully designed to meet your precise needs, whether the cancer originated in the brain or traveled there from another site.
Brain Tumor Treatment
The brain is one of the most complex organs in the body, and it controls your most vital functions. A diagnosis of brain cancer can be frightening, and the cancer specialists at Ackerman Cancer Center will carefully discuss all aspects of your unique brain cancer. They are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have—just call our office on 904-880-5522.
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Treatment options for malignant brain tumors include: surgery, radiation therapy, radiosurgery, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy. At Ackerman Cancer Center, an experienced team of specialists that includes Board-Certified radiation oncologists and medical oncologists will determine your brain tumor treatment plan.
Patients receiving brain tumor treatment at the Center can be assured they have access to the most up-to-date, highest-quality neurological cancer treatment available.
Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the X-ray beams travel through the tumor, destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.
Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. Though proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.
3-D External Beam Radiation
3-D External Beam Radiation, also known as 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy, is a technique that delivers radiation to a tumor site. Imaging scans and special computers map the location of the tumor in three dimensions. During treatment, several beams deliver radiation matched to the shape of the tumor.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IMRT uses beams of radiation from multiple angles, and of varying intensities, to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3-D images to monitor the tumor’s exact location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery is a nonsurgical, highly precise form of radiation therapy that reaches tumors deep inside the body without the risks of traditional surgery. Ackerman Cancer Center utilizes GammaKnife® to help reduce radiation exposure to healthy tissue, which is especially important for areas like the brain and lungs.
Research on Proton for Brain Tumors
Brain Tumor Spot Scanning with Proton Beam Therapy
Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
This article reviews a study that evaluated the safety and efficacy of proton therapy when treating brain tumors. The results of the study show that proton therapy was an effective treatment option for patients with ...Read Article
Proton Radiosurgery in Neurosurgery
Journal of Neurosurgery
This research supports the use of Stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS) using protons instead of conventional photons for brain lesions. The results of the study show that proton radiation offers superior conformity in dose and distribution ...Read Article
Precision Brain Tumor Treatment for First-time mom with Proton Therapy
A pregnant, first-time mom is able to treat a brain tumor located near her hormone producing hypothalamus with proton beam therapy. Due to the precision offered from proton therapy, after delivery, she was able care ...Read Article
Proton Therapy for Brain Tumor Treatments
Adult CNS Radiation Oncology
This article explains the differences between proton therapy and photon therapy, which is the more commonly known radiation treatment. It describes the evolution of proton therapy and the benefits of when proton beam therapy is ...Read Article
For more than 25 years, Ackerman Cancer Center has had the privilege of caring for patients during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In return for this trust, patients at the Center are guaranteed personalized care from some of the most respected, highly-qualified radiation oncologists in the state.
What to Expect
Being diagnosed with cancer raises many questions. Learn what to expect during cancer treatment here.
For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call 904-880-5522.