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Proton therapy, now offered at CHOP, is an alternative to traditional radiation treatment for childhood cancer. The brain is very sensitive to radiation treatment, and children whose brain tissue is radiated at a young age can suffer from cognitive, learning, and developmental challenges later in life. Proton therapy targets only cancer cells, significantly reducing the amount of healthy tissue exposed to radiation.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is advancing pediatric cancer care with proton therapy. Proton therapy delivers potent and precise treatment to cancer cells without damaging the normal tissue around them.