Beaumont’s Proton Therapy Center
The Beaumont Proton Therapy Center is armed with one of the most
innovative and comprehensive image-guidance systems for proton beam
therapy on the market today.
Proton therapy is an ideal treatment option for many patients,
especially those with tumors close to vital organs. For children, those most vulnerable and susceptible to the damage of
traditional radiation therapy, proton therapy offers less radiation
exposure while reducing side effects.
Beaumont is the first pencil beam scanning (PBS) proton center in
Michigan. The PBS technology is optimized for intensity modulated proton
therapy (IMPT), the type of proton therapy that is both fastest to
deliver and with the best ability to spare healthy tissue.
With IMPT, doctors scan the tumor using the proton beam spot-by-spot
and layer-by-layer. The adjacent critical normal structure will receive
significantly minute radiation dose, which results in less damage to
healthy tissue and decreased association with toxicities that can lead
to secondary malignancies.
What is proton therapy?
is a high-tech alternative to X-ray radiation. A scanning beam of
proton radiation with online image guidance offers greater precision to
destroy cancerous cells, sparing adjacent healthy tissue with fewer side
For protons to be effective against cancer, they need to be at high
energy. A machine called a cyclotron helps the protons achieve this high
energy. Then, the protons are able to travel to a specific depth in the
body where they can deposit the specified radiation dose in the tumor.