Proton Therapy for Head and Neck Tumors

 

Proton therapy provides a safe, noninvasive and effective method for treating tumors in the head and neck. Tumors in these areas are located close to other delicate tissues that can easily suffer adverse effects from X-ray radiation. For this reason, the precision of proton therapy is key.

Proton therapy enables our physicians to deliver a precise, effective dose of radiation directly to head and neck tumors, minimizing the risk of excess radiation in healthy tissues around the tumor. Your risk of side effects, such as those affecting your sense of taste or smell, is reduced with proton therapy. Studies have also shown that proton therapy can reduce the need for feeding tubes by as much as 60 percent in nasopharynx cancers and 50 percent in oropharynx cancers.

Head and neck tumors we treat with proton therapy

Proton therapy can be used to treat a wide range of head and neck tumors, including:

  • Base of tongue cancer
  • Lacrimal gland cancer
  • Nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers
    • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Nasopharynx cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Skin with perineural invasion
  • Throat cancer (nasopharyngeal/oropharyngeal)
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Tonsil cancer
  • Tumors of the orbit

Learn more about proton therapy

Request a consultation below to learn if proton therapy might benefit you. Our physicians will work with you and your care team to create your personalized treatment plan.

Many patients who have head and neck tumors will need to have a mask created to help them keep their head, neck and shoulders still and in the same position during each treatment. To learn about a special tradition MPTC has for masks, please click here.
 

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