PROTON THERAPY FACT SHEET
- Most precise form of radiation treatment available today. Destroys primary tumor site, leaves surrounding healthy tissue and organs intact and unharmed.
- Is non-invasive and painless. Maintains a patient’s quality-of life during treatment process as an out-patient. Patients continue with normal activities during treatment. Play golf, tennis, swim, walk, run, workout in a gym, or go on a “radiation vacation.”
- Avoids the usual side effects of standard x-ray radiation. Minimum to no side effects with protons. Highly effective treatment for wide range of localized tumors in head and neck area, lung, prostate, bladder, spinal cord, gastro malignancies,
and ocular tumors, among others. Working on treating breast cancer with small protocols utilizing a new scanning technique. Women with breast cancer can avoid damage to lungs and surrounding breast tissue.
- Protons can be used in conjunction with other cancer treatment modalities such as chemotherapy.
- Treatment time can take from one day for certain conditions or up to eight weeks (prostate cancer) depending on tumor sites.
- Highly preferred radiation treatment modality option for pediatric cases because children are susceptible to injury from standard x-ray radiation as their tissues and organs are growing rapidly. Children don’t have to be subjected to needless exposure from damaging radiation.
- As of mid-2008, nearly 20,000 patients treated in U.S. First hospital-based proton center opened in 1990 at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Operating proton centers can treat 150-200 patients daily.
- Proton Therapy covered by Medicare and nearly all health care insurance providers.
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