Proton Therapy

UH Seidman Cancer Center Establishing a State-of-the-Art Proton Therapy Center

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center broke ground September 2013 to establish a $30 million proton therapy center, becoming one of an elite group of cancer centers in the country and the first in Ohio to offer this revolutionary technology. When this new initiative is complete in 2015, it will add another dimension to the state-of-the-art therapies at the UH Seidman Cancer Center. As national and international leaders in radiation oncology, our cancer specialists are on the forefront of ground breaking research and advancing the treatment of cancer.

What is Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy is an advanced type of radiation treatment that uses a powerful beam of protons to precisely target a tumor, and at the same time reduce radiation to healthy tissues. Proton therapy is most beneficial for the treatment of some cancers in children and young adults, who are more prone to short- and long-term complications from radiation.

Why Use Proton Therapy?

Traditional radiation therapy uses photon (x-ray) beams, which are highly effective for a broad variety of cancers. Proton therapy is also an external-beam radiation therapy technique. The difference is that protons are heavy charged particles that deposit radiation dose in a more targeted manner to the cancer. When protons enter the body, they leave a small amount of energy along their path as they interact with the tissue. When they reach a specific depth, protons deposit a large focused amount of energy and then stop. This precision helps significantly reduce radiation to healthy tissue.

About UH Seidman Cancer Center Radiation Oncology

UH Seidman Cancer Center offers the most advanced radiation therapy available to treat cancers, including Cyberknife®, Synergy-S Hexapod, TomoTherapy® and Perfexion Gamma Knife®. Soon we will add the prestigious proton therapy technology to our state-of-the-art cancer hospital. Our radiation oncologists are international experts and leaders and on the forefront of research and treatment of cancer. That is why U.S. News & World Report has recognized UH Seidman Cancer Center in the top 15 of all cancer hospitals across the nation.

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