Proton Therapy
for the Head and Neck.

Schedule a call with a patient care coordinator

Thank you for your interest in proton therapy. Please take a moment to fill out the form to have a patient care coordinator call you.

Once the form is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. Our team generally returns calls within 48 hours Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. If you would like to speak with a patient care coordinator more quickly, please call us at 1-855-528-7248.

Here is a checklist of items you will need for your initial call with us:
You provide:
  • Demographic information (legal name, etc.)
  • Insurance information
  • Related doctor and facility information
Ask your specialist(s) to provide:
  • Pathology report
  • Clinical notes
  • Imaging
  • Records regarding significant past medical history or surgeries

Precision where it matters most.

Proton therapy is a next-generation treatment option that precisely delivers radiation to the size, shape and depth of your individual brain tumor. This approach allows your doctor to treat the tumor while helping keep the surrounding brain, eye, and spinal tissue healthy.

Fight your tumor. Protect your body.

Every tumor of the head and neck presents its own unique set of treatment challenges, requiring a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation that’s right for you. When it comes to radiation for your tumor, proton therapy provides a safer option that reduces the likelihood of side effects such as blindness, hearing loss, difficulty swallowing and dry mouth.

With conventional X-ray therapy, radiation is at its highest as it enters the body, and delivers an exit dose as it continues on past the tumor. With proton therapy, treatment is delivered precisely to the tumor and has no exit dose.

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Proton therapy takes advantage of a unique characteristic of protons—they deliver their maximum dose of radiation, known as the Bragg Peak, right before they come to a stop. That’s how the damage is concentrated on the cancer, protecting healthy tissue.

More precision means less damage to healthy tissue in the brain, neck, eyes, sinuses, vocal chords and salivary glands, potentially offering a faster recovery, and fewer short- and long-term side effects.

If you’ve been diagnosed with head or neck cancer, the radiation oncology specialists at SCCA Proton Therapy Center are available to give you a second opinion and determine if proton therapy would be right for you.


Pencil-beam scanning allows treatment to conform the size, shape and depth of your specific tumor, accurate within millimeters.

Proton therapy can potentially reduce damage to the oral cavity, eyes, optic nerves, salivary glands and other organs, minimizing the likelihood of side effects like vision, hearing and smell loss. .

The number of patients experiencing severe weight loss or needing a feeding tube was reduced by almost 50% in patients receiving proton therapy.

Proton therapy is often the only radiation treatment available if you’ve already received radiation from a previous cancer occurrence.

Treatments are safe, noninvasive and painless for most patients, helping speed recovery and maintain lifestyle.

As of 2017, more than 130,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy at centers in Europe, Asia and the United States.

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We’re the only provider of proton therapy in our region, and we take that responsibility seriously.

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center care team is committed to continually improving and raising the standard of care at the Center to provide the best possible treatment with the best possible outcomes.

We’re dedicated to you while you’re here and after you leave. And we’re part of a bigger system including Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and University of Washington Medicine, so there’s a whole team on your side.