Adolescents and young adults — to help avoid long-term effects. Localized recurrences of ovarian cancer.
What type of cancer uses proton therapy?
Proton therapy is typically only used to treat certain types of cancers, including: Head and neck cancers, such as nasal cavity tumors. Lung cancer. Liver cancer.
Who is a good candidate for proton therapy?
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.
Can proton therapy be used for all cancers?
What Types of Cancers Can Proton Therapy Treat? Proton therapy can be effective in treating lymphoma, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, throat cancer, thyroid cancer, and various other conditions.
What is the standard treatment for ovarian cancer?
The standard treatment for ovarian cancer consists of debulking surgery followed by six rounds of chemotherapy. One recent study found that just 37 percent of women receive this standard treatment, despite evidence showing that it is the most effective.
What are the disadvantages of proton therapy?
Proton Therapy Side Effects
Side effects can develop gradually after treatment, and might include: Sore, reddened skin around the treatment area that can look and feel like a sunburn. Hair loss in the treatment area. Tiredness or low energy.
Does insurance cover proton therapy?
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.