There is a significant difference between standard (x-ray) radiation treatment and proton therapy.
What is Proton Therapy? Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment that uses protons to treat cancer. It’s also called proton beam therapy.
Why is Proton Therapy better? Proton therapy is often the preferred option for treating solid tumors in children because protons can be controlled precisely so there is less radiation of normal tissues, helping prevent serious complications and lessening the chance of secondary tumors.
The advantage of proton therapy (also called proton beam therapy) is that the physician can control where the proton releases the bulk of its cancer-fighting energy.
How does proton therapy work?
Alexander Barnes was the first kid from the UK to be treated with protons. Check out his story:
The team at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center pioneered pencil beam proton therapy, also called scanning beam, and intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) these advanced forms of proton therapy combine precision and effectiveness, offering unmatched ability to treat a patient’s tumor and minimizing effect on a patient’s quality of life – during and after treatment.
MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center experts discuss the benefits of proton therapy:
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