with Laser-like Precision
Proton Therapy for Lymphoma
California Protons’ intensity-modulated pencil beam scanning technology is a highly precise form of cancer radiation treatment that enables our doctors to selectively target tissues within the lymphatic system affected by tumor cells.
Compared with older passive-scattering proton therapy treatment, our pencil beam scanning technology precisely delivers radiation treatment for lymphoma within 2 millimeters and with the utmost care. We can attack tumors layer by layer and minimize harmful exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and organs. This is important when treating lymphomas near vital organs that are sensitive to the combined effects of chemotherapy and radiation. The reduction of radiation-related toxicity also increases the likelihood that patients can complete treatment with fewer interruptions or delays.
What We Treat
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Plasmacytoma (multiple myeloma)
- Recurrent cancer
What We Do
- Target the tumor only
- Protect your heart, lungs, breasts and other nearby organs
- Maintain your quality of life during treatment
- Reduce side effects of treatment, including nausea, vomiting and fatigue
- Lower the risk of secondary cancer due to radiation
Benefits of Proton Therapy for Lymphoma
- Our pencil beam scanning technology precisely controls protons to place the Bragg peak—the point at which they deposit their maximum energy—directly in the tumor. This allows us to treat more complex tumor shapes and vary the dose within the tumor.
- Advanced proton therapy allows doctors to more selectively deliver high-dose radiation to cancerous tumors and tissues in the lymphatic system, and reduce the dose to surrounding healthy tissues and critical organs. In some cases, this has been shown to deliver higher cure rates than X-ray radiation treatment even in some of the most challenging situations.
- Proton beam therapy deposits the maximum energy directly in the tumor, which can spare healthy tissues around the tumor and reduce radiation exposure to surrounding organs.
- Lymphoma patients receiving proton therapy may experience fewer or less severe radiation side effects and are at reduced risk of developing secondary cancers to breasts, lungs and other organs later in life.
- Unlike with older technology, the treatment plan can be loaded into the computer and completed within a matter of minutes. Treatments are also noninvasive and convenient so patients can get back to their daily activities quicker.
Right for You?
Depending on the stage, proton therapy for lymphoma can be a treatment option in place of standard X-ray radiation and chemotherapy or can be delivered in combination with chemotherapy. Treatment options are also affected by the type of lymphoma, age, overall health and personal preferences.
Proton therapy is often the best way to treat recurrent tumors in areas that have previously been treated with radiation therapy.
Treating previously irradiated areas can be challenging. The healthy tissues around the recurrent tumor do not fully “forget” the previous radiation dose, and any added dose continues to increase the risk of normal tissue injury. Proton beam therapy may enable doctors to better concentrate the dose to the target and limit it elsewhere, allowing re-treatment with radiation in select patients.
Proton Therapy Treatment Outcomes &
Proton therapy treatment at California Protons Cancer Therapy Center in San Diego may offer similar outcomes to standard X-ray radiation, while reducing long-term and potentially life-threatening side effects such as heart attacks due to radiation damage to the heart. It also offers the possibility of lower chances for secondary cancers later in life due to the reduced radiation exposure to your surrounding healthy tissues and organs.
However, all cancer treatments have advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to discuss all of the potential risks, as well as treatment options, with your oncologist.