Brain & Spinal Cancers

Central nervous system (CNS) cancers include tumours of the brain and spine. For these tumours, protons are often the treatment of choice over conventional radiotherapy. Proton therapy allows for a more targeted intense beam of radiation to be focussed on the tumour. Unlike X-rays, protons stop after colliding with an object and thereby cause less damage to surrounding tissues and organs like the brain.

Clinical evidence

It is a preferred treatment option for spinal tumours such as chordomas, malignant meningiomas and chondrosarcomas in addition to acoustic neuromas, medulloblastoma, retinoblastomas, neuroblastoma and other cancers located near critical organs that if damaged greatly impact a patients quality of life. It is also the preferred treatment choice for primary cancers that develop within the brain itself or at the base of the skull. This includes primary brain cancers in children and adults.

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Proton therapy ambassadors

In January of 2011, Martha was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. She and her husband of 45 years tell their story. 

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Treatment information

Treatment with protons is a non-invasive and a trusted modality to accurately target just the cancer and protect the healthy, normal tissue. It is not experimental. 

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What can I do?

To learn more about proton therapy for brain and spinal tumours, here are some suggested links you may find useful.

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