Proton therapy allows for effective treatment of lung and thoracic cancers while delivering a lower dose of radiation to normal, adjacent structures, leading to fewer side effects and potentially better outcomes. With proton therapy, the radiation beam can be directed to a precise location, radiation exposure to critical organs is minimized and the dose can be maximized, potentially improving outcomes and survival rates.
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Fewer side effects
Proton particles do not deposit an exit dose, which means radiation exposure to healthy organs and tissues is minimized with proton therapy. It also means that a dose can be delivered precisely to the targeted area, without causing damage to critical organs, such as the heart, lungs or esophagus. Proton therapy for lung cancer can also minimize the risk of developing side effects after treatment.
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Lung and Thoracic Cancers treated with Proton Therapy
Proton therapy can be used to effectively treat solid and localized tumors. Lung and thoracic tumors treated by proton therapy include:
- esophageal carcinoma
- non-small cell lung carcinoma
To determine if proton therapy is right for you, our team of specialists will develop a plan based on the anticipated dose of radiation to your tumor and nearby structures. We’ll evaluate the various treatment options (X-rays, IMRT and protons) to develop the most effective plan for your cancer.
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