Basic Principles of Proton Therapy


The great advantage of Proton Therapy lies in its ability to deliver lower doses to healthy tissue, resulting in reduced collateral damage. This characteristic minimizes side effects, often resulting in either minimal or no acute side effects at all. As a result, a gradual escalation of the dose to the tumor can be practiced, typically within the framework of clinical trials. This approach allows for more radical treatment with better tumor control, leading to higher cure rates. With this nearly side effect-free radiation therapy, many tumor entities can be treated with a higher expectation of cure. This is especially crucial for children undergoing cancer treatment, as their quality of life can be preserved.