Proton Beam Therapy
Proton beam therapy is a powerful and accurate tool in treating pediatric tumors that produces fewer adverse side effects.
St. Louis Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, offers this treatment, which is available at only a handful of centers nationwide.
What is proton therapy?
Proton therapy is a highly accurate form of radiation therapy used to treat tumors near vital organs like the spine, brain, heart and eye in adult and pediatric patients.
Protons target tumors with greater precision because the depth of the radiation can be adjusted, thus avoiding exposing other organs and healthy tissue.
Why choose proton beam therapy?
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Other forms of radiation often affect healthy tissue surrounding a tumor, causing side effects and unnecessary tissue damage.
In contrast, proton radiation treatment can be designed so the radiation is delivered at the precise site of the cancer or benign tumor, minimizing damage to the rest of the body.
This therapy offers new ways to treat many types of cancers. Your team of physicians will determine if your child’s tumor should be treated with proton beam radiation therapy.
What to expect
If it's determined that proton beam therapy is appropriate for your child, here's what to expect:
- Your physician will explain how proton beam therapy can benefit your child
- You'll be introduced to your treatment team
- All your questions will be answered
- CT scans or X-rays will be obtained to help map out the location of the tumor
- Most patients only receive one treatment per day, Monday through Friday
- Treatments can last 20 minutes
- After treatment, your child's progress will be tracked, and your concerns will be addressed
To request an appointment, call 314.454.5437 or 800.678.5437 or email us.