Head and neck tumors

Proton therapy can target head and neck tumors while minimizing radiation to the eyes, optic nerves, salivary glands, mouth, brain, and other nearby organs and structures. There’s less risk of side-effects like blindness, hearing loss, dry mouth, nausea, loss of taste or voice, and other endocrine disorders.


Head and neck cancers we treat

  • Base-of-tongue cancer
  • Lacrimal gland cancer
  • Nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Nasopharynx cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Skin with perineural invasion
  • Throat cancer (nasopharyngeal/oropharyngeal)
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Tonsil cancer
  • Tumors of the orbit
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.