News | September 11, 2013

Proton Therapy Center Opens in Prague

September 11, 2013 -- Cancer patients from all over the world now have a new opportunity to access proton therapy at the Proton Therapy Center Czech in Prague. It is only the fifth such center in Europe and currently the most well equipped centre in the world. The facility is attracting child and adult cancer patients from around the world seeking advanced cancer care with few treatment-related side effects.

With two of five treatment rooms running, the center is now treating head and neck tumours, lung cancer, melanoma of the eye and pancreatic cancer - indications that are difficult to treat by conventional radiotherapy. Besides that, the center offers a made to measure program for treatment of kids (anesthesia, special rooms and coloring books from Prof Proton series). The benefits for the patients are mainly lower damage of healthy tissue, less side effects and complications and better chances of cure. “The initial clinical experience has been very good and we have already treated different pediatric indications such as medulobllastoma, mediastinum or orbital tumor”, says Professor Manfred Herbst, the current health director of the center in Czech and former pioneer of proton therapy in Germany.

The Proton Therapy Center in Prague has a team of cancer specialists – including radiation oncologists, pediatric oncologists, nurses, research & quality controllers, radiation therapists, pediatric anesthesiologists, medical dosimetrists who specialize in treatment planning, physicists and other cancer professionals.

The Proton Therapy Center in Prague uses the world's most advanced cancer treatment technology. All treatment rooms are fitted with 'pencil-beam scanning' nozzles. Tumours are targeted with millimeter accuracy, sparing healthy tissues and controlling cancer more effectively than ever before. The treatment process itself is completely painless with minimal side-effects.

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