Sarcomas can occur in parts of the body—head and neck, pelvis, extremities, and spine, for example. Oftentimes, it is difficult or not safe to give a high enough dose of radiation to effectively control these tumors with conventional radiation therapy.
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 for sarcomas, and in patients who have had their cancer recur after prior radiation therapy.
Sarcomas we treat with proton radiation therapy include
- Epithelioid sarcoma
- Ewing’s sarcoma
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
- Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor
- Pleomorphic sarcoma
- Synovial sarcoma
- Other sarcomas