Esophageal cancer

Because the esophagus is so close to the heart and lungs, traditional radiation increases the risk of serious short- and long-term side effects. Proton therapy can deliver a higher dose of radiation to the esophageal tumor and relatively little to nearby tissue, minimizing the risk of those side-effects, particularly heart and lung disease.

 

Esophageal cancers we treat

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • GE junction tumors
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
Patients at the New York Proton Center receive Pencil Beam Scanning, a highly sophisticated and most precise type of proton therapy. As the name implies, proton Pencil Beam Scanning uses an extremely narrow beam to “dot” the protons onto the tumor. The process is repeated, layer by layer, like paint applied by the tip of an incredibly fine brush.
Not all proton therapy is created equal

Most proton centers use “volumetric” beams that deliver a fixed quantity of energy to the entire tumor. But the pencil beam scanners at the New York Proton Center deliver “intensity-modulated proton therapy,” or IMPT.

 

Widely considered the most advanced form of proton therapy, IMPT can target different parts of the tumor with different radiation dose levels based on the prescription and tumor’s location. That’s particularly valuable when treating the most complicated tumors, those residing in the fissures of the head, neck and skull base.

How can we help?

Want to find out if proton therapy might be a good fit for you or your patient? Call us at 855-522-5009 or fill out the appropriate form below.