Proton Therapy for Bone Cancer Treatment.
Treating sarcoma with precision and a low risk of side effects.
Osteosarcomas, tumors that arise from bone, can occur at any age, and sometimes affects children. Treatment of osteosarcoma requires a careful and precise method of treatment to reduce the risk of side effects and contribute to a successful outcome for both adult patients and pediatric cancer patients.
In cases of osteosarcoma where complete surgical removal of the tumor is not possible, high-dose radiation like proton therapy is the cancer treatment of choice.
The University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute is committed to advancing the treatment of bone tumors – including osteosarcoma – with proton therapy.
Unlike other types of radiation, proton therapy targets osteosarcoma with a precise beam of protons, delivering a highly effective dose of radiation to the bone cancer while sparing surrounding healthy tissues.
Potentially higher doses of radiation and a low incidence of side effects are what make proton therapy an option worth considering for bone tumors, like osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. In cases where complete removal of a bone tumor is not possible, proton therapy may be used to treat tumors without exposing surrounding tissues to high doses of radiation. This is particularly important for younger patients, where even low doses of radiation may result in significant late complications.
Ask your doctor about proton therapy for bone tumors, or contact the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute to learn more.
Physician's Bio - Daniel J. Indelicato, MD
Dr. Indelicato is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and holds the William and Joan Mendenhall Endowed Chair of Pediatric Radio...Read full bio