Proton therapy is a specialized form of external radiation, an important part of successful treatment of many types of cancer. All radiation treatments work by damaging the DNA of cancerous cells. Most radiation treatments use X-rays, but proton therapy uses protons, which are particles from the center of atoms.
The goal of radiation treatment is to direct radiation where it is needed and reduce or avoid radiation to tissue and organs that don't need it. The side effects and risks of treatment are mainly related to how well the radiation can be concentrated where it is meant to go. Compared to X-ray based radiation treatments, proton therapy can better concentrate the radiation dose in the target and reduce or avoid radiation to normal tissues and organs.
Proton therapy is painless and non-invasive. In appropriately selected patients, proton therapy treatment may reduce side effects during and after treatment and reduce long-term risks or complications from radiation. Other radiation treatments may be the best option for other patients. Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University's radiation oncologists consider proton therapy as one option that can be integrated into an overall plan of care coordinated with a team of doctors from different specialties. Proton therapy may be integrated with surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or other drug therapies, or it may be the only treatment required.
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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.