Proton therapy for brain cancer

When faced with the reality of brain cancer, the treatment options may seem overwhelming. One option presented may be proton therapy. Proton therapy is a type of radiation therapy that targets a specific point in the tissue. This is different from conventional radiation in that conventional radiation goes beyond the targeted tissue. In the case of breast cancer, for example, proton therapy ensures that none of the radiation reaches the heart and an average of 50% less radiation reaches the lungs compared to conventional radiation.

The effectiveness of proton therapy has been well-documented. The reduced risk of side effects has also been well-documented. In studies involving men with prostate cancer, there was a reduced risk of cancer recurrence documented, as well as a reduced risk of impotence following the procedure.

Proton therapy for brain cancer allows doctors to target just the tumor when administering radiation therapy. This has the great potential of reducing the potential for damage to areas of the brain surrounding the tumor.

According to recent studies, roughly 24,000 adults and nearly 5,000 children are diagnosed with brain or spinal cord tumors each year. The majority of those are brain tumors, and 15% of all brain tumors are Glioblastomas.

Proton therapy for brain cancer can offer hope in an otherwise grim situation, and is one of the advanced cancer treatment options currently available. A cancer treatment center can provide the proton therapy treatment, as well as support throughout the process. Proton treatment is clearly not just for brain cancer, it can be used for treating prostate cancer, breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and many more.

Along with the treatment of the cancer, it is important to go to doctor and treatment center that provides a high level of support. Brain cancer can be a very traumatic experience for both the patient and their loved ones. Many cancer treatment centers offer support groups, classes, and ongoing emotional care for those undergoing treatments.

Cancer support groups provide a level of understanding that you are not alone. They also provide a resource of people that may be experiencing things similar to what you are and can offer support and advice.