Which types of cancers can be treated with proton therapy? Proton therapy is most commonly used at MSK to treat head and neck cancer and pediatric cancers. We also are using it increasingly to treat spine tumors, breast cancer, sarcoma, brain tumors , and prostate cancer .
It directs proton beams at cancer cells with precision. Proton therapy appears to be safer and more effective than conventional radiation therapy , because it can deliver a high dose to a very specific area, with minimal impact on surrounding tissues.
After 3 years, 46% of patients in the proton therapy group and 49% of those in the traditional radiation therapy group were cancer free. Fifty-six percent of people who received proton therapy and 58% of those who received traditional radiation were still alive after 3 years.
The average cost for treatment per patient for PBT is estimated at $200,000. According to the survey responses, inclusion of travel and accommodation for patients and caregivers can increase overall costs by an additional $50,000.
Particularly good candidates for proton therapy are patients with solid tumors near sensitive organs, such as brain, breast and lung cancers. While, for recurrent, pediatric and ocular cancers, proton radiation is viewed as the standard of care.
Proton therapy is covered in the United States by Medicare and many insurance providers. MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center accepts several major insurance plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Our patient access specialists can work with your insurance carrier to define your benefits.
Proton therapy does not cause pain , though some patients with physical limitations may experience some discomfort due to positioning. The actual treatment and delivery of the proton beams only takes a couple of minutes.
In general, common side effects of proton therapy include: Fatigue . Mouth, eating and digestion problems. Headaches . Hair loss around the part of your body being treated. Skin redness around the part of your body being treated. Soreness around the part of your body being treated.
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Once the tumor’s location is accurately determined, proton therapy sessions may take anywhere from four to eight weeks . The appointment usually lasts 15 to 45 minutes , but the actual time it takes to deliver the proton beam is only one to three minutes , on average.
Proton therapy is usually painless, and you can often return to your daily activities afterward. A typical course of treatment is five days per week for several weeks. The proton beam only treats you for a few minutes, but preparation and positioning take longer.
Radiation to the scalp can cause loss of hair in the treated area. The hair loss will occur about two weeks after treatment has started. Hair will usually begin to grow again 2 to 3 months after treatment is over.
Proton therapy costs range from about $30,000 to $120,000. In contrast, a course of treatment with radiosurgery costs about $8,000-$12,000, Heron said. IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy ) costs about $15,000.
Proton therapy: Targets tumors and cancer cells with precision and minimal exit dose. Reduces overall toxicity. Reduces the probability and/or severity of short- and long-term side effects on surrounding healthy tissues and organs (e.g. reduces likelihood of secondary tumors caused by treatment)
“So far, only Apollo Chennai has Proton Therapy treatment and the cost of it is Rs 25 lakh. At NCI, it will be given for a minimal charge while those under PMJAY can avail the service for free of cost ,” he said.