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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 radiation therapy, ionizing radiation.

External beam radiation

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

Radiation therapy for Ewing tumors

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

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http://www.cancer.org/aboutus/drlensblog/post/2014/09/30/is-it-too-much-to-expect-more-balance-when-discussing-proton-beam-therapy-for-cancer-patients.aspx

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

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

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

Evolution of cancer treatments: Radiation | American Cancer ...

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

Radiation therapy for brain and spinal cord tumors in children

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

Radiation therapy for eye cancer

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approach focuses proton beams on the ... Protons are positive parts of atoms ...

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

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