Because children’s bodies are still growing and developing, pediatric tumors—especially those near the brain, head, neck, spinal cord, heart and lungs—are particularly challenging to treat with conventional radiation.
Proton therapy largely prevents these sensitive areas from receiving any measurable dose of excess radiation. The result is fewer long-term side-effects—developmental abnormalities, growth delay, reduction in IQ, secondary cancers—and less risk of recurrence.
Pediatric cancers we treat
- Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (AT/RTs)
- Ewing’s sarcoma
- Germ cell tumors
- Low- and high-grade gliomas, including juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas and optic pathway gliomas
- Lymphomas, including Hodgkin lymphoma
- Medulloblastomas and primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs)
- Optic pathway glioma
- Pituitary adenoma
- Recurrent tumors, including recurrent benign tumors