Proton Therapy.

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Proton Therapy.

Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2019 Dec;33(6):989-1009

Authors: LaRiviere MJ, Santos PMG, Hill-Kayser CE, Metz JM

Proton therapy is a form of external beam radiotherapy that has several advantages over conventional photon (x-ray) radiotherapy. Protons are useful in 2 scenarios that apply to a large proportion of cancer patients: lack of exit dose allows for delivery of a therapeutic radiation dose to tumors in challenging anatomic locations, and reduction in integral dose (low-dose bath) to normal tissues that may reduce the risk of late toxicities and secondary cancers. The emergence of smaller, more economically viable single-room proton units has led to the expansion in use of this technology across the world.

PMID: 31668216 [PubMed - in process]

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