Category: Proton Therapy
A recent statement from the American Heart Association warned that some breast cancer treatments can cause heart disease. This news understandably triggered many questions and concerns for breast cancer survivors. Fortunately, there are treatment options available, such as proton therapy, that will protect your heart and other critical organs from damage during breast cancer treatment.
Proton therapy is a highly targeted form of radiation therapy that uses protons instead of photons to target the tumor site. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recently updated their guidelines to include proton therapy as an appropriate treatment option for oral, head and neck cancers – in particular, those near the obit of the eye and the base of the skull.
The use of proton beam therapy is expanding to include a diverse range of tumor sites, thanks to emerging research revealing the effectiveness of this advanced radiation treatment modality. Originally used in the treatment of prostate, brain, and pediatric tumors, we are seeing more and more types of tumors being treated with proton therapy. This is due to its ability to precisely deliver large amounts of cancer-fighting radiation directly to tumor sites while producing minimal side effects and reducing exposure to surrounding organs.