Proton therapy: a less toxic radiotherapy
radiotherapy Cancer proton therapy

Proton therapy: a less toxic radiotherapy

Dr. Talia Henkle
Dr. Talia Henkle

In 10 seconds? Proton therapy is a type of cancer radiation therapy (radiotherapy) that can be a safer alternative to traditional X-ray radiation. At this stage, however, proton therapy is pricey and frequently difficult to access.

Tell me more about it! Radiotherapy is a cancer treatment strategy that uses high-energy beams to damage and eventually kill cancer cells directly. X-rays have been the mainstay of radiation therapy since its inception. In 1988, proton beams entered the cancer treatment stage as a promising upgrade to conventional radiation therapy due to their better safety profile and are now recommended by experts for the treatment of over 40 different types of cancer.


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