Proton Therapy is a new, non-invasive treatment for cancer that has shown successful results in treating certain types of cancer. For childhood cancers a as well as breast cancer and prostate cancer treatment, it uses some of the most advanced technology to destroy the affected cells while doing little harm to the surrounding tissues. This also means that the process of recovery and healing is faster and better.
A noninvasive treatment for cancer
As a non-invasive treatment for cancer with a high success rate, proton radiation therapy is being used in centers around the world. At present, cancer treatment centers around the world have treated over 67,000 patients in Asia, Europe and U.S.
In the U.S. alone, more tan 31,00 people have received proton cancer treatment. It has been used successfully to treat many types of cancers include breast cancer and as a prostate cancer treatment.
Pinpoint imaging and targeting
Proton Therapy for cancer was first developed in 1995, but could not be used successfully until imaging techniques developed further. With rapid advances in internal imaging technology, proton treatment has been used as an advanced type of radiation treatment. Proton therapy overcomes many of the disadvantages of earlier radiation treatment for cancer by using a focused pencil of radiation for pinpoint targeting of affected areas.
It destroys only the affected cells without harming the tissues it passes through or those tissues surrounding the treatment area. With pinpoint control of dosage, timing and target area, the method efficiently destroys affected cells while minimizing damage to healthy cells.
Reduced side effects
Limiting the side effects of radiation therapy is one of the great advantages of proton therapy for prostrate cancer treatment. Since dosage and timing can be controlled accurately, normal tissues surrounding the affected area can receive up to 60% less radiation than in conventional therapies.
Compared to X-rays, proton therapy delivers 59% less radiation to gastrointestinal structures. This means that damage to healthy tissue is reduced drastically, aiding in the healing and recovery process.
With all the benefits of proton therapy, the number of treatment centers around the world is growing. By the beginning of 2015, there were 30 new centers under construction worldwide. It is estimated that that by 2017, the number of protein therapy centers in the U.S. will double to 27, with a combined total revenue of $1.17 billion. For many different types of cancer, proton therapy is a good choice, especially for breast and prostate cancer treatment.