About Brain & CNS Cancer Treatment
Brain and CNS tumors are notoriously difficult to treat, which makes choosing the appropriate treatment plan extremely important. With traditional forms of radiation therapy, the risk of exposing healthy tissue to harmful excess radiation is greater. With proton therapy, we can reduce exposure to excess radiation by precisely targeting the tumor, decreasing the risk of short- and long-term side effects. Fighting cancer with proton therapy will help protect nearby structures and tissues in the brain, brainstem, pituitary gland and nerves to help protect your vision, hearing and motor skills. Brain tumors most appropriate for proton therapy include: gliomas, glioblastomas, ependymomas, medulloblastomas, pineal tumors, supratentorial PNET, germ cell tumors, pituitary gland tumors, base of skull tumors (Chordomas), almost all pediatric brain tumors, recurrent brain tumors and benign tumors.
Proton Therapy Has Proven Clinical Results
Often times treatment for brain and CNS tumors cannot be treated through surgery alone and require some form of radiation therapy. Because these tumors are located near delicate and vital tissues, proton therapy is a strongly recommended choice of radiation as it can help minimize unnecessary radiation exposure and damage.
The Treatment Process
Your doctor will work with you on a treatment regimen that makes the most sense for your diagnosis. Treatments, also known as protocols, for Brain & CNS cancer can range anywhere from 10 to 35 protocols with each session averaging about 20 to 30 minutes. Treatments occur at the center every day, Monday through Friday.
Brain & CNS Cancer
Brain tumors can be benign, with no cancer cells, or malignant, with cancer cells that grow quickly. Get all of the information on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Why We’re Different
With a state-of-the-art facility and an expert team of oncologists and therapists, we build personalized proton therapy treatment plans that best fit each cancer diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve put together commonly asked questions about proton therapy, patient care and insurance options to ensure you have the answers you need.