Proton Therapy For Brain & Spine Cancers

Proton therapy is often considered an ideal treatment for cancers located in the brain or spine.  The ability to target Proton Therapy with laser precision on a minute area of the body enables physicians to attack malignant tumors, while limiting risk to surrounding healthy brain tissue and sensitive nerves in the spine.

How Proton Therapy Improves Brain & Spine Cancer Treatment

Proton Therapy is particularly effective in treating tumors that occur in the narrow, sometimes tiny, spaces of the brain and spine. These areas contain highly specialized, sensitive and important brain and bodily functions. Proton Therapy’s highly focused beam of radiation allows physicians to target only the tumor and cancerous tissue, limiting radiation exposure to healthy brain tissue and spinal nerves that may surround them. As a result, Proton Therapy can deliver higher, more effective doses of radiation to eliminate the tumor, while protecting the patient against adverse outcomes like neurological damage and dysfunction. In addition to treating malignancies, proton therapy may even be effective in treating benign (non-cancerous) tumors that pose their own health risks.

Common Brain & Spine cancers that are treatable using Proton Therapy

  • Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Recurrent Chordoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • High Risk Medulloblastoma
  • Vestibular Schwannoma
  • Pineoblastoma
  • Suprachiasmatic Glioma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Pituitary adenoma Macroadenoma
  • Ewing’s Sarcoma
  • Optic Chiasm Glioma
  • Right Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma
  • High-grade Ependymoma of the Left Supratentorial Brain

“Oncologists recommend proton therapy to treat some brain cancer patients because it is more precise than traditional radiation, drastically lowering the risks of radiation to healthy tissue. With proton therapy, unnecessary radiation doses can be avoided in patients with brain cancer, resulting in significant improvement in quality of life during and after treatment. As a result, there is a lower risk of side effects and permanent brain damage.”
Alliance for Proton Therapy Access emphasizes need for timely treatment during Brain Tumor Awareness Month May 02, 2018

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