Key cancer types targeted

Cancer treatmentCancer treatment with protons is used when tumours are located near vital organs like the heart, lung, liver and oesophagus because protons do not pass through and into adjacent healthy tissue. It is used in cases where other forms of radiation may be less effective or the side effect risk is too high. Cancer types traditionally treated include cancers of the head and neck, eye, base of skull, brain, spinal cord, lung, gastrointestinal (GI) tract and prostate and breast.

Proton therapy is also considered beneficial and cost effective in paediatric cancers because it does not damage healthy growing bone and tissues. Therefore, children can grow and develop normally with a much lower risk of secondary tumours later in life.

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.

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Gastrointestinal cancers

Some cancers of the liver and digestive system are treated with radiotherapy rather than surgery. The most evidence we have for the use of proton beam therapy is in patients...

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Prostate cancer

Proton therapy has been proven to be superior for some sub-groups of prostate cancer patients.

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Breast cancer

Today, many women diagnosed with breast cancer undergo a lumpectomy to remove the tumour and a small margin of surrounding healthy issue.

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Head & neck cancers

Proton beam therapy is used to treat tumours in challenging locations where the tumour is located close to critical organ structures like the eyes, throat, ears and larynx.

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Paediatric cancers

Treatment with protons is an increasingly favoured alternative to conventional therapy with X-rays in children with cancer. 

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