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 for lung cancer 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 with proton radiation therapy include
- GE junction tumors
- Squamous cell carcinoma