Proton therapy is an alternative to traditional radiation treatment for childhood cancer. Radiation can cause profound side effects for children treated for brain cancer. The brain is very sensitive to this 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. This cancer treatment can potentially give pediatric brain cancer survivors a better quality of life.
Proton therapy at CHOP is offered at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center across from the hospital. The proton therapy team consists of pediatric oncologists, radiation oncologists, anesthesiologists, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, radiation therapists, child life therapists and other medical professionals who understand the needs of children with cancer.
Pediatric Brain Tumors
Related Centers and Programs:
Pediatric Proton Therapy Center, Cancer Center, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program