Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy currently in use at a limited number of centers worldwide. Includes the OncoLink/EmergingMed Proton Trial Matching Service, which assists patients in finding proton therapy trials.
Proton Therapy: The Basics
An introduction to this specialized type of radiation, the history behind proton therapy and how it works.
Proton Therapy: Behind the Scenes
A pictorial look at proton therapy, the building of the facilities, and how the beam is produced and administered to the patient.
Ocular Melanoma and Proton Therapy
Introduction to ocular melanoma and proton therapy's role in treating this tumor of the eye.
Module 1: An Introduction to Proton Therapy
Robert Wilson first proposed the use of protons for the treatment of cancer in a scientific article in 1946. He recognized the importance of highly localized deposition of energy as a way of increasing the dose to the tumor while minimizing the dose...
Module 2: The Physics of Proton Therapy
Energy Loss of Charged Particles in Matter, the Bragg Peak, Distal Fall off and Range Uncertainties One of the major advantages protons have over photons is the lack of exit dose. Shown below is a graph depicting the relative dose deposited in...
Module 3: Equipment for proton therapy delivery
Accelerators: Cyclotrons and Synchrotrons The first step in generating a proton beam is to obtain a source of protons which can then be accelerated to energies sufficient for treatment. This can be done using hydrogen as the starting product and...
A Kid's Guide to Proton Therapy
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia created this kid friendly tour of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center and the proton therapy experience so kids can become familiar with every element of treatment.
Overview: Proton Radiotherapy in Pediatric Tumors
An introduction to proton therapy treatment for pediatric cancers, including brain tumors (base of skull, craniopharyngioma, medulloblastoma, astrocytoma and glioma), tumors of the eye (retinoblastoma, uveal melanoma), rhabdomyosarcoma and neuroblastoma.
Proton Therapy Centers
Listing of open and under construction proton therapy locations in the US and around the world.
IBA and UFPTI Symposium: Advancing Patient Care Through Innovation: The Role of Proton Therapy
With a growing interest in particle therapy, evidenced by many programs opening and planning new facilities, there is a continued need for enhanced understanding of the roles of proton therapy. This program will look at the overall ASTRO theme of advancing patient care through innovation and address questions concerning the role of proton therapy within this framework.