Following radiation treatment, some tumors may unfortunately recur in the same spot as before. Retreating these tumors with conventional photon therapy can expose nearby organs to yet more radiation—which is a big problem, since bodily organs can only tolerate so much radiation over their lifetime.
In contrast, proton therapy deposits very little radiation into nearby organs. So it is ideal for retreating a tumor that has recurred and can offer many patients a new potential chance at cure.
The clinical staff at the New York Proton Center includes Dr. Charles B. Simone, one of the world’s foremost experts in treating cancer recurrences.