What is Proton Therapy?
Examples of some of the measurable benefits of proton therapy:
88% reduction of radiation dose to the heart in patients with left-sided breast cancer
Lower risk of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction
Head and Neck Cancers
Decreased need for alternative feeding plans (such as the use of a feeding tube)
How Does it Work?
Protons are sub-atomic particles that move quickly through healthy tissue, depositing cancer-destroying radiation at the tumor site. Proton therapy is the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available.
This deposition of radiation energy in the tumor is known as the Bragg Peak. Since virtually all of the proton’s energy is focused on the tumor, and no radiation travels beyond the Bragg Peak, there is a tremendous reduction of radiation exposure and damage to adjacent tissues and organs.
Is Proton Therapy Right For Me?
Our doctors and nurses are available to discuss whether proton therapy is right for you. Some of the questions we may ask to guide that conversation could include:
- Has a solid tumor been identified? Proton therapy is an extremely effective treatment option for localized tumors that have not spread to other areas.
- Is your cancer new or recurring? Proton therapy can be used to target recurrent tumors in areas that were previously treated with conventional radiation.
- Is your cancer located near a sensitive area? Proton therapy is particularly advantageous for treating irregularly shaped tumors, hard-to-reach tumors, and tumors near vital organs and critical structures.
- Do you plan to seek additional treatments? Proton therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other cancer treatments like traditional radiation, surgery and chemotherapy.
- What weight does your quality of life during treatment carry in your decision-making process? Ongoing research continues to demonstrate the superior benefits of proton therapy, compared with conventional radiation therapy and surgery in some cancers. We treat all cancers, using all modalities of radiation; our expert radiation oncologists will develop a personalized care plan that is unique to your diagnosis and goals.