When lung cancer is treated with conventional radiation, it’s difficult to deliver a high enough dose without also exposing the esophagus, heart and spinal cord.
Proton therapy can effectively treat these tumors—particularly larger ones— while protecting critical structures from radiation. Breathing patterns can also be mapped, allowing the proton beam to switch on and off according to the tumor’s position within the breathing cycle. This minimizes side-effects such as lung inflammation (pneumonitis), difficulty swallowing and related problems.
Lung/thoracic cancers we treat
- Malignant mesothelioma
- Mediastinal tumors (thymoma and sarcoma)
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Small cell lung cancer
- Select recurrent cancer