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conformal proton beam therapy

a technique for giving radiation therapy that uses proton beams rather than standard radiation. (Protons are parts of atoms.) Unlike standard radiation beams, which release energy both before and after hitting the target, proton beams cause less damage to tissues they pass through, and then release their energy after traveling a certain distance. Proton beam therapy has not been directly compared to standard radiation methods, but the hope is that it may be able to deliver more radiation to the cancer with less damage to nearby normal tissues. It is still fairly new and is offered in only a small number of treatment centers. See also conformal radiation therapy, external beam radition therapy, ionizing radiation.

External radiation therapy

... Conformal proton beam radiation therapy is much like conformal therapy, but
it uses proton beams instead of x-rays. Protons are parts of atoms that ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/radiation/understandingradiationtherapyaguideforpatientsandfamilies/understanding-radiation-therapy-external-radiation-therapy

Radiation therapy for Ewing tumors

... Conformal proton beam radiation therapy: Proton beam therapy is ... techniques,
it focuses proton beams on the ... Protons are positive parts of atoms. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ewingfamilyoftumors/detailedguide/ewing-family-of-tumors-treating-radiation-therapy

Radiation therapy for adult brain and spinal cord tumors ...

... Conformal proton beam radiation therapy: Proton beam therapy is related ...
x-rays, it focuses proton beams on the ... Protons are positive parts of atoms ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/braincnstumorsinadults/detailedguide/brain-and-spinal-cord-tumors-in-adults-treating-radiation-therapy

Radiation therapy for prostate cancer

... Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT). ... Proton beam therapy
focuses beams of protons instead of x-rays on the cancer. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-treating-radiation-therapy

Evolution of cancer treatments: Radiation

... A related technique, conformal proton beam radiation therapy, uses ... using
x-rays, this technique uses proton beams. Protons are parts of atoms that ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/thehistoryofcancer/the-history-of-cancer-cancer-treatment-radiation

Radiation therapy for brain and spinal cord tumors in children

... Conformal proton beam radiation therapy: Proton beam therapy is related ...
x-rays, it focuses proton beams on the ... Protons are positive parts of atoms ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/braincnstumorsinchildren/detailedguide/brain-and-spinal-cord-tumors-in-children-treating-radiation-therapy

Radiation therapy for eye cancer

... Conformal proton beam radiation therapy: Instead of using x ... therapy, this
approach focuses proton beams on the ... Protons are positive parts of atoms ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/eyecancer/detailedguide/eye-cancer-treating-radiation-therapy

External beam radiation

... Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT). ... Protons are parts
of atoms that in theory ... no studies showing that proton beam radiation is ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/radiation/radiationtherapyprinciples/radiation-therapy-principles-how-is-radiation-given-external-beam-rad

Cancer Glossary

... conformal proton beam therapy Search. a technique for giving ... therapy that
uses proton beams rather than ... (Protons are parts of atoms.) Unlike ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerglossary/index.aspx?letter=c

Radiation therapy for prostate cancer

... For this treatment, beams of radiation are ... CRT), intensity modulated radiation
therapy (IMRT), and conformal proton beam radiation therapy. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/overviewguide/prostate-cancer-overview-treating-radiation