Proton Therapy for Sarcoma

 

Sarcomas can occur in many places throughout the body. Some tumor locations are not suitable for surgery, and others may need high doses of radiation to be effective. This can pose a danger if the sarcoma is located near your head and neck, pelvis, or spine.

Proton therapy can be a great option for sarcomas in hard-to-treat areas of the body. It can direct a high dose of radiation at the tumor while avoiding the healthy organs and tissues nearby. With proton therapy, your radiation oncologist can increase the radiation dose (a process called “dose escalation”) so that your tumor gets the most effective treatment possible.

Minimizing the dose healthy tissues receive also helps to reduce the risk of short- and long-term side effects of radiation treatment. This can be especially helpful for children and people whose cancer has grown back (recurrence).

If your tumor is recurrent, traditional x-ray radiation is generally not possible because the area around your tumor has already withstood a previous course of radiation. Proton therapy, however, can be safe to use in many cases.

Sarcomas we treat with proton therapy

At MPTC, our expert team of radiation oncologists treats a variety of sarcomas in adults and children, including:

  • Angiosarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Epithelioid sarcoma
  • Ewing’s sarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Liposarcoma
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pleomorphic sarcoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Synovial sarocoma
  • Other sarcomas

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.

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