It’s understood why the brain and spine are critical to everyday functions. That’s why the limiting of radiation exposure to healthy cells surrounding that area are critically important. Because traditional radiation emits a larger amount of excess energy, proton therapy is often considered an ideal treatment for cancers in this region. The ability of proton therapy to be targeted in such an extremely precise manner enables physicians to attack malignancies while limiting risk to healthy brain tissue and sensitive spinal nerves.
Due to its focused therapy, proton radiation limits exposure to healthy tissue, potentially mitigating any long-term damage that may occur, including neurological dysfunction. In addition to treating malignancies, proton therapy may even be effective in treating benign (non-cancerous) tumors that pose their own health risks.11, 16, 18
Treatment options may vary on a case-by-case basis, so contact us to consult with our clinicians and find out if proton therapy could be right for you.