News | July 31, 2013

Proton Therapy Can Help Ease Cancer Treatment Anxiety

Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Proton Treatment Center helps reduce the fear from cancer treatment

July 31, 2013 — The Proton Therapy Center at Loma Linda University Medical Center is helping lessen the fears associated with cancer treatment and pain by providing an alternative that many patients are finding both clinically successful and emotionally comforting.

Proton radiation treatment, or proton beam therapy, is the most precise and advanced form of radiation therapy available today. This painless, noninvasive treatment allows patients to maintain their quality of life and resume normal activities as quickly as possible. This is because, as opposed to standard radiation therapy, proton therapy allows physicians to deliver higher treatment dosages that destroy the main tumor site without causing harm to surrounding healthy tissue or organs. Because it is more precise, it causes less damage to a patient’s body.

“The power and precision offered by proton therapy contributes to quicker recovery times, fewer side effects and better outcomes,” said Jerry Slater, M.D., chairman of the hospital’s Proton Treatment Center.  “Patients with a wide range of conditions — including prostate, lung and brain cancers – can all benefit from what proton therapy has to offer.”

Proton therapy is completely noninvasive, no cut or incision is made to remove the cancer. The once-daily therapy sessions are painless and the patient can leave immediately following treatment. Because of proton therapy’s accuracy, many of the side effects of radiation treatment can be significantly reduced.

For more information: www.protons.com

Related Content

Videos | ASTRO | November 08, 2018
ITN Editor Dave Fornell took a tour of some of the most innovative technologies on display on the expo floor at the 
Proton Therapy for Pediatric Brain Tumors Has Favorable Cognitive Outcomes
News | Proton Therapy | November 06, 2018
Proton therapy treatment for pediatric brain tumor patients is associated with better neurocognitive outcomes compared...
A model of the new, compact, single-room Varian ProBeam 360 system. The system is an example of the trend in proton therapy toward single-room, smaller systems and away from multi-room treatment centers. #ASTRO18 #ASTRO2018

A model of the new, compact, single-room Varian ProBeam 360 system. The system is an example of the trend in proton therapy toward single-room, smaller systems and away from multi-room treatment centers.

Feature | Proton Therapy | November 01, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor
A few of the big takeaways from the American Societ...
Victoria Advisory Committee for Proton Therapy Launched at ASTRO 2018
News | Proton Therapy | October 29, 2018
At the 2018 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting, IBA announced the launch of the Victoria...
Beaumont Hospital Cancer Institute Performs First Irradiation of Spot Scanning Proton Arc Therapy Plan
News | Proton Therapy | October 25, 2018
IBA announced the first irradiation of a Spot Scanning Proton Arc (SPArc) plan at the Beaumont Health Proton Therapy...
Varian Introduces New ProBeam 360° Proton Therapy System
News | Proton Therapy | October 23, 2018
Varian announced its new single-room proton therapy system, ProBeam 360°, at the 2018 American Society of Radiation...
Amar U. Kishan, M.D., presents data about stereotactic body radiation therapy at ASTRO 2018. #ASTRO #ASTRO18 #ASTRO2018

Amar U. Kishan, M.D., presents data about stereotactic body radiation therapy at ASTRO 2018.

Feature | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | October 23, 2018 | By Greg Freiherr
With its shorter course of treatment,...
IBA's Proteus system and proton therapy solutions will be discussed at ASTRO 2018. #ASTRO18 #ASTRO #ASTRO2018
News | Proton Therapy | October 19, 2018
October 19, 2018 – IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) is sharing how hospitals can secure performance, investment and t
Feature | Proton Therapy | October 04, 2018 | By Adam Conner-Simons
Investigating inside the human body often requires cutting open a patient or swallowing long tubes with built-in...