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What is Proton Therapy?
Radiation used for cancer treatment can be divided into 2 major types:
We are pleased to introduce proton therapy which is a newer type of
radiation therapy that uses energy from positively charged particles
called protons. A machine called a cyclotron speeds up the protons,
which are then directed precisely at the tumor. After protons reach the desired place
in the body, they deposit the specified radiation dose in the tumor.
How it will benefit patients? With this technology, there is less radiation dose outside of the tumor. In regular radiation therapy, x-rays continue to give radiation doses as they leave the person's body. This means that radiation damages nearby healthy tissues, possibly causing side effects. It may be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy.
How can proton therapy be beneficial for patients?
Proton therapy is used to treat:
The state-of-the-art radiation treatment – Varian Probeam360֯ Proton
Therapy will be soon available in Singapore.
Please visit http://advancedmedicine.sg/protontherapy/ for the latest developments.