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Benefits of Proton Therapy

Cancer specialists at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center use proton therapy to precisely target and match treatment to the shape of a tumor with incredible accuracy. This allows a higher dose of radiation to be delivered directly to where it needs to be – to the cancerous cells – while sparing healthy tissues and critical areas of the body that are near the tumor. Patients often report fewer side effects. Any side effects that may occur during treatment often disappear fairly quickly once treatment is completed.

Proton radiation, once inside the patient’s body, has a very short life. After patients complete their treatment, they can leave the treatment room without any risks or radiation exposure to others. 

Patients at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center often maintain a relatively active lifestyle during and after proton therapy treatment. Many of our patients continue to work and exercise during the time they are undergoing treatment with proton therapy. Watch this video as Dr. Steven J. Frank, medical director at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center and associate professor of radiation oncology, discusses the advantages of proton therapy compared to other treatment options.

The Proton Therapy Center offers patients:

  • Advanced radiation therapy with treatment for the most comprehensive range of cancers
  • Reduced side effects and minimal damage to healthy tissue
  • Access to MD Anderson Cancer Center’s world-renowned research, cancer specialists and multidisciplinary care

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