Radiation exposure to the heart increases the likelihood of heart complications later in life by 7.4 percent per gray (a measurement unit of radiation).
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Precision where it matters most.
Every tumor of the lung presents its own unique set of treatment challenges, requiring a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation that’s right for you. Conventional radiation treatments, while effective, expose surrounding healthy tissue such as the heart and esophagus to excess radiation, which can lead to an increased risk of major coronary events later in life.
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.
The benefits of radiation, delivered with precision.
Every lung tumor presents its own set of challenges, typically treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation that’s right for the patient. When it comes to radiation, proton therapy provides a safer option that spares healthy tissue.
With conventional X-ray therapy, surrounding healthy tissue gets a considerable dose of radiation, which can lead to side-effects and secondary cancers down the road. With proton therapy, treatment is delivered precisely to the tumor, so less radiation is delivered to the surrounding healthy tissue.
Your lungs are vital organs— whose purpose is to deliver oxygen to the blood—in short you can’t live without them. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, your treatment may include a combination of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Conventional radiation treatments, while effective, expose surrounding healthy tissue such as the heart and esophagus to excess radiation, which can lead to an increased risk of major coronary events later in life. A recent study showed that any radiation exposure to the heart was a strong predictor of mortality.
Even so, until recently, the risk of these side effects were accepted as necessary to appropriately treat the cancer. Thanks to more widespread availability of proton therapy, these risks can be mitigated. With proton therapy, treatment is delivered precisely to the tumor, so less radiation is delivered to the surrounding healthy tissue.
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.
If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, the radiation oncology specialists at SCCA Proton Therapy Center are available to give a second opinion and determine if proton therapy is right for you.
A recent study showed that any radiation exposure to the heart was a strong predictor of mortality.
Proton therapy reduces the radiation exposure to surrounding tissue and organs.
Pencil-beam scanning allows treatment to conform the size, shape and depth of your lung cancer tumor, “painting” on radiation, accurate within millimeters.
Proton therapy is often the only radiation treatment available if you’ve already received radiation from a previous cancer occurrence.
As of 2017, more than 130,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy at centers in Europe, Asia and the United States.
I couldn’t have asked for better treatment, you could tell they really cared. If you go to a doctor, it’s really disheartening if they don’t care, or if they act like you’re just another number. But at the proton therapy center, they were kind, got to know my whole family, and made the treatments a breeze. It took longer to change my clothes than to get the treatments!Melba, Lung Cancer Survivor
We evaluated the options and because proton therapy is targeted and the radiation would not go through the tumor to damage other tissue, we decided that was the best way to go. I was impressed by what it offered regarding targeting the tumor with less collateral damage. It was a no-brainer.”Margery, Lung Cancer Survivor
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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.