The Benefits of Proton Therapy

Exploring the Benefits of Proton Therapy

Proton therapy side effects may be fewer in number and less in severity than side effects from other cancer treatments.

Patients weighing options for cancer treatment generally consider two main factors in their treatment decisions: the cancer treatment side effects and the likelihood for a successful outcome. With proton radiation therapy, side effects are generally fewer in number and less in severity than other radiation therapy side effects, resulting in a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment. 

A lower incidence of typical radiation therapy side effects, combined with a history of successful outcomes, makes proton therapy the confident choice for thousands of cancer patients each year. 

Since the side effects from proton therapy tend to be less severe, physicians may be able to treat tumors with higher doses of proton radiation. This means that, while patients enjoy an option with fewer cancer treatment side effects, they can also look forward to favorable results. Put simply, delivering the optimal dose of radiation can be easier with proton therapy.

Why Proton Therapy May Result in Fewer Cancer Treatment Side Effects.
As a rule, traditional X-ray therapy for cancer treatment deposits radiation in healthy tissues that surround a tumor, as well as in the tumor itself. As traditional radiation enters and leaves the body, it leaves a track of radiation damage, much like that left by a bullet.

Protons, on the other hand, do not travel through the body the same way that traditional radiation does. Instead, they stop in the tissue at a calculated distance. So, the majority of the radiation energy that comes from proton therapy is deposited in the cancer – not in the surrounding tissue. This means that important organs that surround the cancer may be protected from damage and, as a result, proton therapy side effects.

The Benefits of Choosing the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute
At the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, patients enjoy the advantages of proton therapy in an environment that’s supportive and nurturing. And from the very beginning of the admission and treatment process, patients get prompt and thorough answers to all of their cancer treatment questions: from proton therapy side effects to financial and insurance matters. As part of a non-profit academic medical research facility, the Institute's faculty and staff are dedicated to furthering the study of cancer treatment and minimizing cancer treatment side effects – while increasing its efficacy and excellent outcomes.

To learn more about the benefits of proton therapy at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, contact us today.