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Proton Therapy for Pediatric Brain Tumors

  • Anita MahajanEmail author
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Abstract

Proton therapy is a form of charged particle radiation therapy that has potential benefits to reduce toxicities in children with brain tumors. Despite the theoretical benefits of PRT, full acceptance of this treatment modality in this patient population has not occurred. This chapter will review the history, potential benefits, current status, evidence, and future opportunities of proton therapy for children with brain tumors. It will discuss the role of PRT, the type of patients that are being treated, and where this modality may be most beneficial.

Keywords

Proton therapy Late effects Neurocognitive outcomes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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