Proton Therapy for Esophageal Cancer
Radiation therapy can be an important part of the treatment plan for esophageal cancer. However, since the esophagus is located so close to the heart and lungs, traditional x-ray radiation can increase the risk of short- and long-term side effects. Too much radiation can cause damage, increasing your risk of developing heart disease or lung disease.
With proton therapy, it is possible to deliver a higher dose of radiation to the esophageal tumor, while minimizing the risk to the heart and lungs. Proton therapy offers an unmatched level of precision: it goes to the site of the tumor and stops. Targeting the tumor with a higher dose increases the likelihood that the treatment will be successful.
Proton therapy is a potential treatment option for treatment plans that include surgery (operable) and those that do not (non-operable). It’s also safe to undergo proton therapy along with chemotherapy. Proton therapy may even be used if you have had prior radiation for esophageal cancer.
“All the staff have been excellent. Many places don’t take the time to have the level of interaction that this center has,” says Maryland Proton Treatment Center Patient Peter Dunbar. Read his story here.
Esophageal cancers we treat with proton therapy
- GE junction tumors
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Learn more about proton therapy
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