Radiation Therapy sends energy to cancer cells to kill them. Traditional Radiation Therapy is delivered by photons, the same photons that are light. Proton Therapy delivers the killing energy with protons, the large, heavy elements in the nucleus of an atom. The names are very similar — photon versus proton — but there is a world of difference. Photons, or X-Rays, are pure energy and have no mass although Einstein would disagree as energy does have mass. Protons have energy and are relatively massive and heavy.
Is There a Role for Proton Therapy in the Treatment of Breast Cancer?
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In order to choose the optimal treatment, it is important to receive comprehensive and comprehensible information. If radiotherapy has been recommended to you, ask your treating oncologist about all the available irradiation methods as well as treatment-related side effects. These may significantly affect the quality of your life during and after treatment. Our physicians have many years of experience in radiotherapy.
New techniques and new ways to use radiation therapy are under study in clinical trials. The results of these trials will decide whether they become part of standard care. Learn about emerging areas in radiation therapy for ductal carcinoma in situ DCIS. Mastectomy is typically the standard treatment for breast cancer recurrence in women who were treated with lumpectomy and radiation therapy for early breast cancer [ 6 ]. In general, radiation therapy to the breast can only be given once.
Please meet Dr. Stephanie K Schaub, who joins our team of proton therapy experts in the field of sarcoma. Schaub will also treat patients with childhood cancers.