Proton Beam Therapy

How Protons are Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment

  • Santosh¬†Yajnik

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Santosh Yajnik
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 113-117

About this book

Introduction

While radiation therapy is a mainstay of cancer treatment, traditional linear accelerators mainly use photons to irradiate cancerous tissue. Photons deposit much more energy in the surrounding normal tissue than protons. Proton beam therapy is a revolutionary alternative that deposits most of its cancer-killing energy within the area of the tumor, thereby potentially improving cure rates and reducing side effects in properly selected patients.  Proton Beam Therapy: How Protons Are Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment guides the reader through existing evidence supporting proton beam therapy for an increasing number of patients and conditions, including pediatric, prostate, and lung cancer, mediastinal tumors, skull base tumors, conditions of the eye, and sarcomas.

Keywords

cancer treatment cyclotron accelerator proton beam therapy radiation therapy synchrotron accelerator

Authors and affiliations

  • Santosh¬†Yajnik
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  1. 1., Department of Radiation OncologyAdvocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5298-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5297-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5298-0
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