Proton therapy has a greater ability to deliver safe, organ-sparing, high-dose radiation than does traditional X-ray radiation treatment. SFPTI is bringing that level of care to South Florida.
The goal of radiation oncology has always been to get more radiation to a tumor while reducing the radiation exposure of the healthy surrounding tissue. While traditional X-ray radiation therapy uses photon beams to attack cancer cells, protons are the next evolutionary step toward improving this ratio and achieving the desired result.
Protons deliver, on average, less than half the radiation dose to healthy tissue than traditional X-ray radiation therapy. This dramatic reduction in dosage and volume of healthy tissue exposure reduces the risk and severity of side effects. Excess radiation exposure is also associated with an increased risk of developing secondary cancers.
A variety of cancers can be treated with this new revolutionary proton therapy – view the list below to see what cancers are typically considered for this type of treatment.