Proton Therapy Vs. Traditional X-Ray Radiation Therapy
What are the differences between proton therapy and traditional X-ray radiation therapy? Let's compare.

* A lower dose of radiation is released at the surface, but a sharp burst of radiation is released as the proton beam reaches the tumor site.

* Proton radiation stops at the tumor, leaving the healthy cells beyond it unaffected.

* The proton beam can be contoured to the exact shape of the tumor, further decreasing radiation exposure and limiting side effects.

* Proton therapy is particularly effective for localized cancers, cancers near vital organs, and pediatric cancers.


* Radiation affects everything in its path so doctors often limit the dose to minimize damage to critical organs.

* X-rays continue to pass through the body after reaching the tumor, affecting the healthy cells beyond it.

* X-ray radiation therapy is often used for cancers that have spread beyond the initial tumor site.

* High-dose, precision X-rays can be delivered through image-guided and intensity-modulated therapies. However, a larger area is exposed to low-dose radiation than with proton therapy.


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