Alternative Cancer Treatment: Proton Therapy
Taking a more sophisticated approach to radiation therapy, proton therapy more effectively kills off cancerous cells without sacrificing healthy surrounding cells. According to the IU Health Proton Therapy Center, the method delivers a higher level of radiation to the exact location of the cancerous cells in a more precise manner than other forms of treatment. This precision reduces the likelihood of sparing healthy cells that could be at risk during alternative forms of radiation treatment. Patients who undergo proton therapy treatment report fewer side-effects than those who undergo standard forms of radiation therapy, most of which disappear completely after the procedure is complete.
What is proton therapy?
Unlike standard radiation, proton radiation is only sustained for a short amount of time inside the patient's body. Directly after the treatment, patients are able to leave the room freely without risking their own health or the health of others through radiation exposure. This advantage allows patients who undergo this treatment to maintain healthy, active lifestyles in between treatments because the process does not affect energy levels or general well-being.
Proton therapy has been medically tested and proven effective to treat a wide range of cancerous conditions, including brain tumors, cancer in children, eye melanoma, chordoma, chondrosarcoma, meningioma, and prostate cancer.
How is proton therapy different?
The process of proton therapy utilizes a focused ray of proton particles designed to kill diseased, cancerous tissues in patients with a variety of different types of cancer. These rays are equipped to deliver higher and more accurate doses of radiation to effectively eliminate the cancerous cells without killing or disturbing healthy surrounding cells that may play key roles in the healing process. Because of this more advanced and precise approach to cancer treatment, it is often a preferred method of cancer treatment when compared with standard forms of chemotherapy.Continued on the next page