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Pediatric Patient Banging Gong

Thanks to the advanced treatment provided by the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center and its team of cancer specialists, thousands of cancer patients have survived cancer and are back to enjoying their lives.

A long-standing MD Anderson tradition has patients ring a gong to signal the end of their treatment as part of their “graduation” — a simple but uplifting ceremony repeated hundreds of times each year. Many patients invite friends and family to celebrate this milestone in their fight against cancer. For pediatric proton therapy patients, the Proton Therapy Center makes the day extra special. In addition to ringing the gong, they receive balloons and special gifts from their treatment team.

Read the stories of our patients' experiences with proton therapy treatment.


Childhood Cancers


Head and Neck



Prostate Cancer

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