Overview
Proton Therapy vs. X-ray
Benefits of Proton
Conditions Treated

Proton Therapy
A lower dose of radiation is released at the surface, but a sharp burst of radiation is released as the proton beam reaches the tumor site.
Proton radiation 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.
Proton therapy is particularly effective for localized cancers, cancers near vital organs, and pediatric cancers.

Traditional Radiation Therapy
Radiation affects everything in its path, so physicians often limit the dose to minimize damage to critical organs.
X-rays continue to pass through the body after reaching the tumor, affecting the healthy cells beyond it.
X-ray radiation therapy is often used for cancers that have spread beyond the initial tumor site.
High-dose, precision x-rays can be delivered through image-guided and intensity-modulated therapies. However, a larger area
is exposed to low-dose radiation than with proton therapy.


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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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