Although a lower risk of side effects is a priority for all oncology patients, it’s especially important for paediatric cancers. Proton therapy is lot more gentle than other forms of conventional radiotherapy and the side effects during and after the treatment are reduced.
Proton beam therapy painlessly delivers radiation through the skin from a machine outside the body. The protons target the tumour so that the surrounding normal tissue is subjected to far lower radiation doses compared to conventional radiation – approximately 60% lower, depending on the location of the tumour. This is an important factor when it comes to treating children, especially in the area of the brain, as damaging healthy tissue can cause poor development as they grow, mentally and physically.
Using protons allows doctors to select the appropriate dose knowing there will be fewer early and late side effects from radiation affecting the healthy tissue. With other forms of radiation it’s common that once the cancer has been targeted, in the future the cancer may return, with proton therapy this is highly unlikely.
Benefits of Proton Therapy:
- Higher chance of complete recovery
- Low risk of tumour recurrence
- Possible under partial or complete anaesthesia (if required)
- Preserves fitness levels
- Reduces the risk of side-effects
- Minimal risk of affecting a child’s development
What can proton therapy be used for:
- Low-grade Glioma
- Gliomas with low degree of malignancy
- Inoperable Oligodendroglioma & Astrocytomas
- Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS):
- Malignant fibrous histiocytoma
- Malignant synovioma
- Malignant tumours of the nerve sheath
- Ewing’s sarcoma
Factors that prevent Proton Therapy
Please contact us and our oncologists will determine if your patient is suitable for proton therapy.