Standard Radiotherapy and Proton Therapy

Proton therapy is a radiation therapy that uses tiny particles called protons. Protons are excellent cell killers, but because of the way protons deliver their energy, proton therapy does not damage as much healthy tissue as much as photon therapy. Therefore, a higher dose of radiation can be targeted at the tumour without affecting many normal healthy cells.

What type of cancer can be treated with Proton Therapy?

  • Ocular tumours, including intraocular melanomas
  • Tumours that approach or are located at the base of skull such as Chordoma and Chondrosarcomas
  • Spine tumours - Primary or metastatic
  • Hepatocellular cancer
  • Paediatric solid tumours - primary or benign tumours in children
  • Brain and spinal cord tumours - Malignant and benign
  • Advanced and/or unrespectable head and neck cancers such as Cancers of the paranasal sinuses and other accessory sinuses; e.g. adenoid cystic carcinoma, Advanced Nasopharyngeal cancer and Advanced cancer of the buccal mucosa
  • Retroperitoneal sarcomas
  • Re-irradiation cases- where radiation is being considered for the second or third time to the same site
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Why should you choose Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer?

Proton therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment for prostate cancer. Proton therapy may be used as the only treatment or can be combined with hormonal therapy or after other treatments, such as surgery, to manage cancer that has recurred or is at high risk of recurrence.

Because it involves significantly less radiation exposure to normal tissues, proton therapy lowers the risk of side effects and secondary radiation-induced cancers. Proton therapy has an excellent record of success, providing long-term disease control and survival rates equivalent to other treatments, including surgery.

Potential benefits of Proton Therapy for patients
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Improvement of local control
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Reduced side effects
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Lower risk of secondary cancers
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Treatment of choice for re-irradiation

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