Sarcomas

Sarcomas can occur in parts of the body—head, neck, pelvis and spine, for example—that can’t safely receive conventional radiation in a high enough dose to be effective.

 

Proton therapy, on the other hand, can direct a high dose of radiation to the tumor with minimal impact on healthy surrounding organs and tissues. This is especially helpful in treating pediatric cancer, as well as recurrences.

 

Sarcomas we treat

  • Angiosarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Epithelioid sarcoma
  • Ewing’s sarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Liposarcoma
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pleomorphic sarcoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Synovial sarcoma
  • Other sarcomas
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 scanning technology at the New York Proton Center delivers “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 exact location, while better protecting the surrounding normal tissues from irradiation. 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.