For those facing the difficult decisions regarding cancer treatment, the information out there may feel overwhelming. Despite the mass of information, it is important to get a clear understanding of the options you have available to you. New research and information is constantly available as new treatment options pass the rigorous testing protocols.
Working closely with your oncologist and staying up on the current research will help you know what your options are and what will provide you with the greatest quality of life throughout treatment and beyond. Too often patients refuse treatment because they are more worried about their quality of life caused by the treatment, opposed to living with dignity until the cancer runs its course. Patients should not have to choose between living and living a good life.
Proton treatment is just one example of a treatment option that has shown to be beneficial for many cancer patients. Proton therapy is a type of radiation, which has l
In 2015, there were more than 30 particle therapy centers under construction across the globe. These proton therapy centers included roughly 80 treatment rooms to address various forms of cancer. This is significant because there are currently more than 95,000 people located in Europe, Asia, and the United States that have benefited by receiving these advanced cancer treatment options.
As of this year, the “US Proton Therapy Outlook 2017,” which was released by RNCOS, estimated that there would be approximately 27 operational proton therapy centers in the United States. When considering that proton therapy was initially utilized in 1995 to treat patients in research settings, due to the imaging techniques of that time period, tumors couldn’t be accurately pinpointed.