Overview
Proton Therapy vs. X-ray
Benefits of Proton Therapy
Conditions Treated
Benefits of Proton Therapy for the Treatment of Cancer
Proton therapy is a much more precise technique of cancer treatment than traditional radiation therapy. Proton therapy emits a lower dose of radiation at the surface, but it releases a sharp burst of radiation as the proton beam reaches the tumor site.

Furthermore, it stops at the tumor, leaving the healthy cells beyond it unaffected. The proton beam can be contoured to the exact shape of the tumor, further decreasing radiation exposure and limiting side effects.

The primary benefits of proton therapy include:
Fewer side effects—short and long term—than traditional radiation therapy
Lower risk of secondary tumors later in life
More precise than traditional radiation, thereby reducing damage to healthy tissue
Noninvasive; ideal for treating tumors near vital organs
Optimum treatment for pediatric cancer cases


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Proton radiation treatment differs from standard radiation therapy. If given in sufficient doses, conventional radiation therapy techniques will control many cancers. However, because of the physician's inability to adequately conform the irradiation pattern to the cancer, healthy tissues may be damaged with radiation.
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