Proton Therapy For
The noninvasive nature of Proton Therapy is a significant and beneficial leap forward in the treatment of lung cancers. Lung cancer can cause tumors and infiltrate the lymph nodes in the lungs. Traditional radiation therapy carries significant risk when used to treat lung cancer because it can cause inflammation and unintentional damage to the heart and the esophagus. It is also difficult to target, and therefore can damage healthy lung tissue while irradiating the cancerous tissue.
How Proton Therapy Improves Lung Cancer Treatment
Proton Therapy enables physicians to treat lung cancer while minimizing the risk to surrounding healthy tissues and organs. It delivers a higher dose of radiation to a very precise, targeted treatment area in the lungs, resulting in higher success rates, fewer side effects, and the ability to protect healthy lung tissue. Patients treated with Proton Therapy find that they are able to continue daily activities during and after treatment.
Common Lung Tumors Treated with Proton Therapy
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Small cell lung cancer (also called Oat Cell Cancer)
- Malignant mesothelioma
- Mediastinal tumors (thymoma, sarcoma)
- Metastatic cancer