New Mode of Proton Therapy for Treatment of Lung Cancer

LungResearchers across the world are continuously being working towards finding effective ways of lung cancer treatment. Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths among both men and women. According to a recent study by Beaumont researchers, a new mode of proton therapy for lung cancer has been invented. Proton therapy is an alternate to X-ray radiation and uses protons to treat cancer. A high level of energy by protons works to destroy cancer cells.

In proton therapy, positively charged atomic particles travel up to two-third the speed of light to kill cancer cells. The major benefit of proton treatment over conventional radiation is that the energy distribution of protons can be directed and deposited in tissue volumes. As the protons are energized to specific velocities, they approach the targeted point.

As per this new research, a continuous proton arc treatment can work to significantly reduce the adverse effects associated with lung cancer treatments. The researchers have presented research for patients with lung cancer on this new treatment at the recent European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology meeting – ESTRO 37 Congress in Barcelona. They have come up with some promising results that lead to future development of proton arc therapy technique. “Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy with Pencil Beam Scanning technology and 3-D Cone Beam CT, can target a tumor within less than a millimeter”, said Dr. Kabolizadeh. Pencil Beam Scanning is the passing of protons in a thin beam. It uses back and forth motions to target the area and paints a radiation dose layer by layer.

Beaumont center is one of proton therapy centers in US. Their radiation oncologists are well versed in precise image guidance for many years.

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