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BY Rochelle Manning and Lesley Bailey

For patients with complex head and neck tumors, proton therapy allows us to treat the tumors effectively while minimizing the radiation dose to vital structures such as the eyes, mouth, and brain. That means a patient’s vision, smell, taste, and swallowing may not be affected by proton therapy. It also means side effects such as nausea, severe dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of taste, and thyroid dysfunction are not as severe with...

Clinical radiation therapy supervisor Chris Sanders, administers proton therapy to a head and neck cancer patient.