Paediatric Cancers

Treatment with protons is an increasingly favoured alternative to conventional therapy with X-rays in children with cancer. X-rays cause significant damage to healthy tissue and in children this damage often results in physical deformities, loss of vision or hearing and degradation of cognitive skills. Children are also more at risk of developing a second cancer later in life, caused by their early exposure to radiation. Both long and short term side effects have been demonstrated to be lower in these patients when they are treated with protons instead of X-rays.

Proton beam therapy is not currently used to treat childhood leukaemia or other blood cancers.

Clinical evidence

Clinical evidence announced that cancer treatment with protons better preserves IQ in children. 

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Proton therapy ambassadors

Two schoolboys are flying to America to receive pioneering proton beam therapy treatment which is currently not available in the UK thanks to support of the NHS.

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Treatment information

A new study demonstrated again that cerebral AVMs (arteriovenous malformations) in children can be effectively treated with protons. 

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What can I do?

Here are some other resources you may find useful.

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