Proton Therapy Treatment Process

It’s natural to feel a range of emotions when you are first diagnosed, but it’s important to remember there are resources and individuals to support you every step of the way. The Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center is committed to providing patients with the best treatment we can to help ensure they can live a healthy, fulfilling life.

Our Process

We want to make the process of getting treatment as easy as possible. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are considering proton therapy as a treatment option, call 877.887.5807 to request a consultation or simply have your questions answered by oncology intake nurse experts. A physician review board will evaluate your case and determine if you can benefit from protons.

Learn more about what to expect during proton therapy treatments.

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Personalized Care

You can expect excellent patient care at our Center. Our dedicated team will look after the needs and concerns of you and your loved ones from first contact with the Center through follow-up care after your treatment is done. We are available when you need us.

You may have met with your doctor and nurse during your first consultation at the Center. They are members of your personal Care Team*, which also includes radiation therapists, whom you will meet at your first treatment. Depending on your treatment schedule, your Care Team might change during the course of your treatment.

Learn more about your personal Care Team.

Before Treatment Begins

During your consultation, you doctor may decide additional tests are necessary to plan your treatment, such as blood work, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET) scans. Your Care Team nurse will help you coordinate and schedule any tests. If you do not have a local primary doctor, your nurse will make sure you get all the additional services and therapies you need.