Benefits of proton therapy

The Beaumont Proton Therapy Center has one of the most innovative and comprehensive image-guidance systems for proton beam therapy on the market today. With pencil beam scanning optimized for intensity modulated proton therapy, proton therapy at Beaumont is not only fastest to deliver and but also has the best ability to spare healthy tissue.

The advantages of proton therapy at Beaumont include:

Unmatched precision

Beaumont is the first pencil beam scanning proton therapy center in Michigan optimized for intensity modulated proton therapy. With IMPT, doctors scan the tumor using the proton beam spot-by-spot and layer-by-layer. The beam is directed and delivered with such precision that healthy tissue and organs receive essentially no radiation dose. This results in fewer side effects and better quality of life for patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Reduced side effects

With proton therapy, healthy tissue and organs receive substantially less radiation than with conventional radiation therapy. This results in fewer side effects and better quality of life for patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Dose variation

Proton beams enter the body and deposit most of their energy directly in the tumor. Radiation oncologists are able to focus the energy of the proton beam within a tumor and deliver higher doses to the tumor site than would be possible with conventional radiation therapy. This leads to more precise therapy with a reduced risk of side effects.

Variety of tumors treated

Because the proton beams can be directed and delivered with such precision, proton therapy is ideal for tumors that are irregularly shaped or near critical organs and structures.

Lower incidence of secondary tumors

With proton therapy, because healthy tissue and organs receive virtually no radiation dose, the risk of radiation-induced secondary malignancies is significantly reduced.

X-rays / IMRT

Additional healthy tissue surrounding the tumor receives radiation. The extra radiation received by healthy tissue is equivalent to exposure a brain receives after 75,000 - 450,000 dental X-rays.

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Healthy tissue from the tumor and critical organs is spared any additional radiation. Some of the normal brain tissue receives a radiation dose that is significantly less than with X-rays/IMRT.

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For more information, or to schedule a consultation in the proton clinic, call the Proton Nurse Navigator at 248-551-8402.