Proton therapy is a precise form of radiation treatment that targets protons at tumors to kill cancer cells. It delivers higher, more effective doses of radiation than traditional X-ray radiation therapy with great precision, significantly limiting radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissues. This may reduce side effects from treatment and make proton therapy a better choice for certain sarcomas that are anatomically complex, such as those in the skull or spine.
Receiving Proton Therapy
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) patients receive proton therapy at SCCA Proton Therapy Center, located on UW Medicine’s Northwest Hospital & Medical Center campus. A complete proton therapy session can range from 15 to 60 minutes; the time spent delivering protons to the tumor is only about one minute. Most patients receive therapy five days a week for four to eight weeks. If your doctors recommend proton therapy for you, they will talk with you about this option.
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