Pediatric Care

Treating children with cancer is always challenging. Proton therapy provides powerful and precise treatment with minimal side effects for our smallest patients.

Proton therapy is often indicated in the treatment of children to reduce the likelihood of both short and long-term side effects of radiation on the growth and development of normal organs.

From diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, our subspecialized pediatric radiation oncologists work closely with your child's pediatric medical oncologist and other physicians. Your child's care plan is discussed in multidisciplinary tumor boards. If you live far away and your child also requires chemotherapy or other treatment during proton therapy, you may be referred to a pediatric medical oncologist to care for your child during proton treatment.

VIDEO: When Kennedy was 13 months old, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor. Her parents, Erica and Scott, describe Kennedy's experience with proton therapy.

Because the goal of treatment is to be very precise, it is important that patients hold still during treatment. Our pediatric radiation oncologist and child-life specialist will help assess and work with your child to practice for the treatment and help reduce the stress and uncertainty related to the diagnosis and treatment. Sedation or anesthesia services are available for the youngest patients when necessary for simulation or treatment, and will be discussed when appropriate.

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Referring physicians and caregivers with questions about proton therapy and its appropriateness for their child patient's cancers can schedule a consultation with a Winship radiation oncology expert by calling 1-833-3PROTON (1-833-377-6866).


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