About Proton Therapy
Advanced Radiation Therapy for Cancer Treatment
Proton therapy is one of the world’s most advanced forms of radiation therapy for cancer treatment. The power of proton therapy is in its precision, targeting a tumor with pinpoint accuracy and avoiding unnecessary radiation to nearby healthy cells and vital organs. This lowers the risk of side effects and improves the patient’s quality of life during and after treatment.
Proton therapy has a distinct advantage over traditional x-ray radiation therapy because doctors can determine exactly where to release the maximum energy of the proton beam, reducing radiation exposure to nearby healthy tissue.
Provision CARES Proton Therapy utilizes the most precise form of proton therapy, pencil beam scanning (PBS). This provides greater customization and precision in radiation therapy for cancer treatment, allowing physicians to target the tumor area with the highest radiation dose by a proton beam only millimeters wide, while controlling both the depth and position of the beam, and planning the exact point at which the proton beam stops inside the body.
Proton Therapy Benefits
The advantage of proton therapy is distinct from traditional radiation therapy treatment because the timing and dosage of proton energy can be specifically controlled. Since a proton beam can conform to a tumor’s shape and size, maximum beam energy is deposited directly into the tumor, sparing damage to surrounding tissues and organs. With traditional radiation therapy, x-ray beams deposit their energy along the entire path of the beam when entering and exiting the tumor site. Proton therapy lowers the risk of negative side effects and the impact to bodily functions that occur commonly with traditional radiation treatment.
As one of the world’s most advanced forms of radiation therapy for cancer treatment, proton therapy is most beneficial when treating patients with a localized tumor, where cancer has not spread to other parts of the body, or in situations where tumors cannot be removed surgically. Proton therapy may also be an option for cases that require reirradiation, and can also be combined with other forms of treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy.
Provision CARES Proton Therapy is passionate about caring for people who are fighting cancer. Contact a treatment location near you to learn more about whether proton therapy is the right radiation therapy treatment for you.