Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment that delivers radiation with proton particles rather than with x-rays (photons). In many cases, proton therapy can better concentrate radiation in the target area with less exposure of unnecessary radiation to normal healthy tissues.
Unlike an x-ray beam, a proton therapy's beam can be calibrated to put the maximum radiation dose directly at the cancer. Another unique feature is that after treating the tumor, protons come to a stop, meaning no radiation reaches the healthy tissues.
By reducing or eliminating radiation to sensitive normal healthy tissues, proton therapy may reduce some of the side effects experienced during radiation treatment, as well as reducing some of the potential long-term effects and risks that can occur months or years after radiation treatment.
Proton therapy is often integrated with surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or other cancer treatments as part of a comprehensive plan of care developed by the multidisciplinary cancer teams at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
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Referring physicians and patients with questions about proton therapy and its appropriateness for their individual cancers can schedule a consultation with a Winship radiation oncology expert by calling 1-833-3PROTON (1-833-377-6866).
Georgia Proton Treatment Center (GPTC), LLC, owns the building and the land and is financing the operations of the Emory Proton Therapy Center. GPTC is owned by Provident Resources Group Inc., a non-profit organization.