Seeing the Benefits
Proton therapy is effective in treating many types of cancers as well as some non-cancerous tumors and arteriovenous malformations. Tumors commonly treated with protons include prostate cancer, brain cancer, pediatric cancers, lung cancer, base-of-skull tumors, tumors near the spine, melanoma of the eye, and anal cancers and other gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. Additional tumors may also be treated with proton therapy. Only a doctor can help you determine the best treatment approach.
Who benefits most from proton therapy?
Proton therapy is recommended for many patients, including children who usually have more serious short- and long-term side effects from X-ray radiation than adults. It is also recommended for patients whose tumors are near critical organs or structures as well as for patients whose cancers have recurred and who cannot tolerate any more X-ray radiation. And since proton therapy causes fewer side effects than X-ray radiation, it can often be used in combination with chemotherapy, as a follow-up treatment to surgery, and in combination with standard X-ray radiation. You should discuss combination therapy with a radiation oncologist as well as a medical oncologist to decide the best treatment option.
Tumors treated with proton therapy »