Proton Therapy Center
Welcome to the Proton Therapy Center
The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center offers the most advanced radiation available to treat cancers of the prostate, lung, head and neck, liver, esophagus and brain, as well as for the treatment of lymphoma, pediatric cancers and other rare tumors. Our cancer specialists are international cancer experts and leaders in the research and treatment of cancer. We pioneered the innovative, extremely precise form of proton therapy known as pencil beam scanning, and our center is part of MD Anderson Cancer Center, which has been ranked as one of the nation’s top two cancer centers by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1990.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How is proton radiation different from traditional radiation?
- Are there support groups for proton therapy patients?
- Can children receive proton therapy?
- Do I need a doctor's referral for the Proton Therapy Center?
What is Proton Therapy?
Proton therapy is an advanced type of radiation treatment that uses a beam of protons to deliver radiation directly to the tumor, destroying cancer cells while sparing healthy tissues. Protons enter the body with a low radiation dose, stop at the tumor, match its shape and volume or depth, and deposit the bulk of their cancer-fighting energy right at the tumor.