Proton therapy for cancer: the evidence isn't yet there

July 22, 2010

Oncology Nurse Advisor

Proton therapy is an emerging dose-escalated modal­­ity of radiation therapy cancer control, involving the bombardment of tumor tissue with charged particles. Proton therapy offers a more precisely localized radiation dose than is possible with external beam radiation with x-rays or gamma rays. The result is less irradiation of nontarget tissues and reduced patient morbidity.

Although it was first proposed in 1946, proton therapy is a relatively recent innovation in terms of clinical availability, approved by the FDA in 2001... read more