The advantages of proton therapy vs radiation therapy
Protons versus x-ray radiation
In contrast to conventional radiation therapy which is based on photons, proton beam delivers the majority of their destructive energy within a small range inside the tumor, known as the Bragg peak. This reduces adverse effects to adjacent healthy tissues.
How proton therapy is different
Proton therapy is considered the most advanced form of radiation therapy which uses a high-energy proton beam for cancer treatment. In contrast to conventional radiation therapy, proton beams deliver the majority of their destructive energy within a small range inside the tumor, known as the Bragg peak. This reduces adverse effects to adjacent healthy tissues.
Key potential advantages of the proton beam in cancer treatment:
- Reduced side effects
- Improved overall outcomes
- Better quality of life for patients.
Better dose distribution than x-ray radiation
The primary advantage of proton therapy is its superior dose distribution within the tumor, with minimal or no exit dose. Due to the unique properties of protons, it enables radiation oncologists to better shape the dose in the tumor, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue, and therefore reducing the integral dose and the potential side effects.
IBA white papers: learn more about the benefits of proton therapy
The amount of clinical data on proton therapy is increasing rapidly. To keep up with the new findings, we compile and update the available data into a series of whitepapers, dedicated to each specific indication. We believe you will enjoy reading them. We believe that you will find them helpful.
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