Pro­ton Ther­apy: Lat­est Ad­vance­ment in Can­cer Treat­ment

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

“Pro­ton ther­apy is a po­ten­tial treat­ment for most can­cers, not just for rare cases,” said Dr. Collins. “It is the fu­ture.”

Brian Collins, MD, a ra­di­a­tion on­col­o­gist at MedS­tar Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Hospi­tal and clin­i­cal di­rec­tor of the new pro­ton ther­apy cen­ter, has been treat­ing can­cer pa­tients for over 20 years. MedS­tar Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Hospi­tal is the only fa­cil­ity in the world to of­fer pro­ton ther­apy with HYPERSCAN™, the most ad­vanced can­cer-fight­ing tech­nol­ogy. To un­der­stand why Dr. Collins is so en­thu­si­as­tic about this treat­ment, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand the ba­sics of pro­ton ther­apy and the prom­ise it holds for all peo­ple bat­tling can­cer.

What is pro­ton ther­apy?

Pro­ton ther­apy is an ad­vanced form of ra­di­a­tion ther­apy that targets tu­mors any­where in the body and can be used in adults and chil­dren. Pro­ton ther­apy has the power to shrink and elim­i­nate can­cer and other tu­mors. It de­liv­ers ra­di­a­tion by match­ing the ex­act size and shape of each tu­mor, in ef­fect paint­ing the tu­mor with ra­di­a­tion layer-by-layer un­til the en­tire area has been treated.

The ben­e­fits of pro­ton ther­apy

With pin­point ac­cu­racy, pro­ton ther­apy can de­stroy its tar­get while pro­tect­ing sur­round­ing healthy tis­sue from harm. It is so pre­cise that it can treat tu­mors with­out leav­ing an exit dose, re­sult­ing in lit­tle to no ra­di­a­tion con­tin­u­ing past the tu­mor. Pro­ton ther­apy uses about 60% less ra­di­a­tion than tra­di­tional ra­di­a­tion ther­apy and can be just as ef­fec­tive. The lower dose of ra­di­a­tion also means it causes less acute side ef­fects and bet­ter qual­ity of life. This is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial for chil­dren as less ex­po­sure to ra­di­a­tion re­sults in less growth im­pair­ment as they grow up.

The fu­ture of can­cer treat­ment

“I am ex­tremely excited to be able to of­fer this lat­est ad­vance­ment in pro­ton ther­apy to my pa­tients,” said Dr. Collins. “It’s clear that this treat­ment will im­prove the clin­i­cal out­comes for our can­cer pa­tients and de­crease their side ef­fects when ra­di­a­tion is needed.”

MedS­tar Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Hospi­tal’s Pro­ton Ther­apy Cen­ter is lead­ing the way in the fight against can­cer. “The fu­ture has never been brighter for the pa­tients, fam­i­lies, and med­i­cal com­mu­ni­ties bat­tling this dis­ease,” said Dr. Collins.

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