This Precision and Promise segment is brought to you by Oklahoma Proton Center.
Over 250,000 patients will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States. The good news is long-term overall survival rates are now approaching 90% for breast cancer. As we continue to move forward, these encouraging results necessitate that we as doctors focus diligently on minimizing side effects and maximizing long-term heart health in the management of this disease.
This is where advancements in treatments such as proton therapy become critically important for some patients, especially those with left-sided disease or more locally advanced lymph node positive disease. Proton therapy is the most precise form of radiation treatment available and is able to reduce radiation to the heart by up to 90% versus other forms of radiation treatment. Thus, reducing the risk of heart complications.
Call now or visit okcproton.com to find out if proton therapy is right for you.