Proton Therapy Targets Tumors with Precision

Proton therapy is an effective form of radiation therapy for many types of tumors. It destroys cancer cells by preventing them from dividing and growing, just like standard radiation.

The difference between proton therapy and standard radiation is that protons deposit much of their energy, or dose, directly in the tumor and then stop, whereas conventional radiation continues to deposit the dose beyond the tumor. The unique behavior of protons allows tumors to receive more targeted doses, which can be more effective, while reducing damage to the healthy tissues that surround the tumor.1,2

Read more about the benefits of proton therapy.

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Types of Tumors Treated with Proton Therapy

Proton therapy precisely conforms to the shape of the tumor, resulting in less damage the surrounding tumor and making it a recommended option with proven results for many types of tumors and cancers. 1,3-7

Tumors commonly treated with protons include:

Patients who have reached the limit for standard radiation may also be candidates for proton therapy and additional tumors not listed can also be treated with protons. Pediatric cases can particularly benefit from proton therapy due to the decreased risk of long-term side effects, ultimately improving a child’s quality of life into adulthood.

Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center is one of the few proton therapy centers throughout the Midwest and the only one in Illinois. Our team is dedicated to explaining all of your treatment options and facilitating a conversation with you and your physician or oncologist to determine the best treatment option for you.

Contact Us

To discover if you or a loved one could benefit from proton therapy, please call us at 877.887.5807 (TTY for hearing impaired, call 630.933.4833) or request more information.

Patient Stories

Proton therapy has changed the lives of many adults and children around the world. Hear stories first-hand from the patients that have completed treatment at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center.

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