Proton Therapy For
Brain & Spine Cancers
Proton therapy is often considered an ideal treatment for cancers located in the brain or spine. The ability to target Proton Therapy with laser precision on a minute area of the body enables physicians to attack malignant tumors, while limiting risk to surrounding healthy brain tissue and sensitive nerves in the spine.
How Proton Therapy Improves Brain & Spine Cancer Treatment
Proton Therapy is particularly effective in treating tumors that occur in the narrow, sometimes tiny, spaces of the brain and spine. These areas contain highly specialized, sensitive and important brain and bodily functions. Proton Therapy’s highly focused beam of radiation allows physicians to target only the tumor and cancerous tissue, limiting radiation exposure to healthy brain tissue and spinal nerves that may surround them. As a result, Proton Therapy can deliver higher, more effective doses of radiation to eliminate the tumor, while protecting the patient against adverse outcomes like neurological damage and dysfunction. In addition to treating malignancies, proton therapy may even be effective in treating benign (non-cancerous) tumors that pose their own health risks.
Common Brain & Spine cancers that are treatable using Proton Therapy are:
- Pilocytic Astrocytoma
- Recurrent Chordoma
- High Risk Medulloblastoma
- Vestibular Schwannoma
- Suprachiasmatic Glioma
- Pituitary adenoma Macroadenoma
- Ewing’s Sarcoma
- Optic Chiasm Glioma
- Right Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma
- High-grade Ependymoma of the Left Supratentorial Brain
Meet Dr. Thornton
Dr. Allan Thornton is a renowned oncologist who is considered to be one of the best cancer physicians in the world. He has more than 27 years of experience using Proton Therapy to fight a range of cancers and his expertise on complex cases is sought by hospitals and physicians around the world. Dr. Thornton conducts ongoing research and development in the field of Proton Therapy, and his work is considered to be some of the most influential in the field.
Oncologists recommend proton therapy to treat some brain cancer patients because it is more precise than traditional radiation, drastically lowering the risks of radiation to healthy tissue. With proton therapy, unnecessary radiation doses can be avoided in patients with brain cancer, resulting in significant improvement in quality of life during and after treatment. As a result, there is a lower risk of side effects and permanent brain damage.Alliance for Proton Therapy Access emphasizes need for timely treatment during Brain Tumor Awareness Month May 02, 2018