Proton therapy is effective in treating many types of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Examples of head and neck tumors treated with proton therapy are1-3:
The images above are from a study of cancer of the nasopharynx. The study found that proton therapy significantly reduced exposure to the spinal cord, ear canal, thyroid, and other critical organs compared with X-rays/IMRT.2
When treating your head and neck tumor, it’s critical to protect your delicate organs that surround the tumor. Proton therapy can substantially reduce damage to eyes, optic nerves, salivary glands, and other tissue and organs near head and neck tumors.1,2,4 Proton therapy also reduces your likelihood of side effects such as dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, and change in taste.2