Radiation therapy is a common mode of treatment for all major malignancies. Sometimes it’s the only mode of treatment and sometimes it’s given before surgery or after surgery.
Whenever you give External beam radiation therapy, Photons are used as energy molecules to kill the cancer cells. One main problem, with such a powerful mode of therapy, is, also its power. The photons are so powerful, that they not only kill the cancer cells, their energy also injuries surrounding normal tissues. This is the reason, side effects occur after life-saving radiotherapy and are also its limitation.
But proton therapy can be a solution to this problem. Previously Sout East Asia had no dedicated centre for Proton Beam therapy. Also, the cost of treatment abroad was exorbitant. This is where South East Asia’s only Proton therapy Cancer centre brings us hope. Apollo Proton Cancer Centre is a ray of sunshine for people in India. A previously unavailable treatment option is now possible in India. The Apollo Proton Cancer Centre houses state of the art technology, superior infrastructure and excellent research facility, spread across a vast 4 acres in Chennai.
But before you understand, why this is a big deal, you need to know what is proton therapy.
What is Proton therapy?
Proton therapy is an advanced type of radiation therapy where protons are the energy molecules used for treatment. The unique nature of these heavy subatomic particles(protons), make them rapidly lose energy after reaching the target.
How does Proton beam Radiation therapy work?
Proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT), uses the unique physical properties of protons ( Bragg Peak). The heavier subatomic particles can deliver their energy more precisely to the tumor, with less scattering to surrounding tissues. At the end of its path, maximum energy is dissipated and negligible radiation passes on further.
What does this mean?
This means that while cancer cells are killed, the damage to surrounding tissue is much less. Even with higher doses of radiation, the effect on normal tissue is much less which lowers the immediate and long term side effects.
What kind of malignancy is Proton treatment useful for?
- Pediatric cases
- Head neck cancer: It is used both for primary treatment and adjuvant therapy for Head neck cancer
- Skull-base tumors
- It is recently showing promise in nasopharynx, oropharynx, nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, periorbital tumors, skin, and salivary gland, or to reirradiation.
- Other cancers: like rectal, pancreatic, esophageal, lung breast cancer, prostate.
- For patients with Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin lymphoma PBT has scope for consolidation therapy after chemotherapy.
Why Apollo Proton Cancer Centre is a boon?
- Proton therapy finally available in India
- Groundbreaking treatment option for cancer
- Better quality of life after treatment
- More precise
Cons of Proton Therapy for Cancer:
- The cost
- More data regarding comparison studies needed, which will measure toxicity, disease control and post-treatment quality of life.
Where is the location of the Apollo Proton Cancer Centre?
Address:OMR 100 Feet Road, Taramani,
Chennai – 600113
Phone:+91 9840069381 | +91 44 33133333
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