Proton therapy for brain tumors

Proton therapy is a next-generation treatment option that precisely delivers radiation to the size, shape and depth of your individual brain tumor. This approach allows your doctor to treat the tumor while helping keep the surrounding brain, eye, and spinal tissue healthy.

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Tougher on your tumor. Easier on your body.

Every brain tumor presents its own set of challenges, typically treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation that’s right for the patient. When it comes to radiation, proton therapy provides a safer option that spares healthy tissue.

With standard X-ray therapy, surrounding healthy tissue gets a considerable dose of radiation, which can lead to side-effects and secondary cancers down the road. With proton therapy, treatment is delivered precisely to the tumor, so less radiation is delivered to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Chemotherapy Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It may be given alone or with other treatments. Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, infusion or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy or biologic therapy.
Brain proton therapy

More precision means less damage to healthy tissue in the brain, eyes, sinuses and spinal cord, potentially offering a faster recovery, and fewer short- and long-term side effects.

Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.
Bragg Peak Diagram

Proton therapy takes advantage of a unique characteristic of protons—they deliver their largest amount of energy right before they come to a stop. That’s how treatment is delivered right to your tumor, and no further.

Proton therapy facts

  • Pencil-beam scanning allows treatment to conform the size, shape and depth of your specific tumor, accurate within millimeters.
  • Proton therapy may help retain better overall brain function and reduce the likelihood of secondary tumors in the future.
  • Proton therapy can be particularly effective in treating children, who are more sensitive to the effects of radiation.
  • Treatments are safe, noninvasive and painless for most patients, helping speed recovery and maintain lifestyle.
  • Proton therapy is often the only radiation treatment available if you’ve already received radiation for a previous cancer occurrence.
  • As of 2022, more than 200,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy at centers in Europe, Asia and the United States.