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Proton therapy in the treatment of oncology

  • Below you will find a ranking of the best clinics and oncologists specializing in proton therapy
  • The clinics are selected based on the effectiveness of treatment, the qualifications of doctors, the ratio of price and quality, the level of service, and the equipment producibility.
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The best oncologists for Proton Therapy

Rakesh Jalali
oncologists, radiologist
Work experience: over 35 years
Achievements:

Doctor of Medicine (M.D) in Radiotherapy and Oncology.

Areas of Expertise: Neuro Oncology

Professional Work:

  • The Neuro Oncology group at TMH was developed by Dr. Jalali. It is hailed as the finest such unit in India and recognized throughout the world.
  • Instrumental in establishing the Indian Society of Neuro-Oncology (ISNO) in 2008. He served as its founding general secretary, then its President and now chairing its senior advisory council.
  • A much sought-after speaker, he is widely regarded for his teaching and providing expert guidance to various national and international scientific meetings and professional societies.
  • Famed for his commitment to charity and promoting equitable cancer care for patient populations in the developing world. He founded the ‘Brain Tumour Foundation of India’, an internationally recognized charity organization dedicated to the welfare of the patients with brain tumours and their families.

Publications & Awards:

  • Has more than 300 peer review publications.
  • His research publications include high-impact journals such as the Lancet, Lancet Oncology, JAMA Oncology and JCO to name a few.
  • Has been instrumental in guiding treatment philosophies in the management of cancers.
  • Awarded as the Best Oncologist Award by Medscape in 2014.
  • Received the Top Radiation Oncologist Award for 3 consecutive years from 2014 onwards.
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Jiří Kubeš
oncologists, radiologist
Work experience: over 20 years
Achievements:

Dr. Jiří Kubeš is a talented radio-oncologist from the Czech Republic. He has been practicing radio-oncology for over 20 years and is very familiar with proton therapy and intraoperative radiotherapy. Dr. Kubesh is well known not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad. He is currently the head of the department at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague.

Education:

Dr. Jiří Kubeš received his basic education and his MD from the Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague.

Membership and publications:

During his career, Dr. Kubesh has already managed to write many articles published nationally and internationally. He is also a member of many prestigious medical associations.

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Beate Timmermann
Neurooncologist, radiologist
Work experience: over 25 years
Achievements:

Prof. Timmermann is a specialist in radiotherapy and radio-oncology.

Doctor’s Specialization:

Brain tumors: meningioma, astrocytoma, glioma, glioblastoma, neuroblastoma, ependymoma, medulloblastoma, acoustic neuroma, pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngioma.
Tumors of bone and soft tissues (sarcomas) that are motionless during breathing: rhabdomyosarcoma, osteosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, chondrosarcoma, chordoma.
Prostate cancer.
Progressive pelvic cancer with lymph drainage.
Progressive cancer in the ear, throat and nose: carcinomas of the paranasal sinuses, esthesioneuroblastomas, carcinomas of the salivary glands.
Tumors of the eye in adults and children.

Member organizations:

– German Cancer Society (DKG);
– International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP);
– Particle Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG);
– German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO);
– German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH).

Has more than 7 scientific publications.

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Srinivas Chilukuri
oncologists, radiologist
Work experience: over 19 years
Achievements:

Professional Work:

  • Significantly contributed in establishing RapidArc, IGRT, SRS and SBRT programme at YCI.
  • Instrumental in establishing and running Varian School for High Precision Radiotherapy (in collaboration with Varian Medical Systems), which has till date trained more than 220 radiation oncologists and physicists across the Indian subcontinent.
  • Co-founded Optimus Oncology Pvt. Ltd. with five of his friends and colleagues, which will be running 3 oncology departments in rural Maharashtra.

Publications & Awards:

  • More than 30 recent publications in high impact international journals. 
  • Was in-charge of academics and tumor boards at YCI and 14 DNB students have completed their training under his direct supervision.
  • Have been regular in various national and international meetings as an invited faculty.
    Among the several awards, in 2013, he has received American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) IDEA award for being among the most promising young oncologists for that year at their annual meeting in Chicago.
  • Successfully organized a national level meeting of Indian Society of Neuro-Oncology at Hyderabad with more than 400 delegates. The meeting received rave reviews for academic format and content.
  • Have been a part of a select ICMR panel consisting of around ten oncologists, who have formulated national guidelines on management of gastric cancers.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Paediatric Cancers
  • Thoracic Cancers
  • Lymphomas
  • Genito Urinary Cancers
  • Bone and Soft Tissue
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Proton Therapy in the treatment of oncology

The best centers for Proton Therapy

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2 What is the patient's diagnosis?
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Your discount: €40
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3 What kind of treatment is recommended?
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Turkish oncologist will provide an individual chemotherapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist, draw up an individual price offer for you and help you at all stages of organizing and undergoing treatment.
from €5800
€6000
Your discount: €200

Israeli oncologist will provide an individual chemotherapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist, draw up an individual price offer for you and help you at all stages of organizing and undergoing treatment.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Spanish oncologist will provide an individual chemotherapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist, draw up an individual price offer for you and help you at all stages of organizing and undergoing treatment.
from €7800
€8000
Your discount: €200

German oncologist will prepare an individual chemotherapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist, draw up an individual price offer for you and help you at all stages of organizing and undergoing treatment.
from €1800
€2000
Your discount: €200

Polish oncologist will prepare an individual chemotherapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist, draw up an individual price offer for you and help you at all stages of organizing and undergoing treatment.
from €3800
€4000
Your discount: €200

Italian oncologist will prepare an individual chemotherapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist, draw up an individual price offer for you and help you at all stages of organizing and undergoing treatment.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Turkish radiologist will prepare a personalized radiation therapy program

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing radiation therapy.
from €6800
€7000
Your discount: €200

Israeli radiologist will draw up an individual radiation therapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing radiation therapy.
from €6800
€7000
Your discount: €200

German radiologist will draw up an individual radiation therapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing radiation therapy.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Spanish radiologist will draw up an individual radiation therapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing radiation therapy.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Polish radiologist will prepare an individual radiation therapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing radiation therapy.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Italian radiologist will draw up an individual radiation therapy program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing radiation therapy.
from €1800
€2000
Your discount: €200

Turkish plastic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best doctor for your renewed beauty.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

German plastic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

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from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Israeli plastic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best doctor for your renewed beauty.
from €2800
€3000
Your discount: €200

Italian plastic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best doctor for your renewed beauty.
from €1300
€1500
Your discount: €200

Polish plastic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best doctor for your renewed beauty.
from €2800
€3000
Your discount: €200

Spanish plastic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best doctor for your renewed beauty.
from €6800
€7000
Your discount: €200

Turkish orthopedic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €9800
€10000
Your discount: €200

Israeli orthopedic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €9800
€10000
Your discount: €200

German orthopedic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €6800
€7000
Your discount: €200

Italian orthopedic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Lithuanian orthopedic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Polish orthopedic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €800
€1000
Your discount: €200

Ukrainian orthopedic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €5800
€6000
Your discount: €200

Spanish orthopedic surgeon will make an individual operation program.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €14800
€15000
Your discount: €200

Turkish neurosurgeon will study the medical situation and give recommendations for treatment.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €19800
€20000
Your discount: €200

Israeli neurosurgeon will study the medical situation and give recommendations for treatment.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €19800
€20000
Your discount: €200

German neurosurgeon will study the medical situation and give recommendations for treatment.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €14800
€15000
Your discount: €200

Italian neurosurgeon will study the medical situation and give recommendations for treatment.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €9800
€10000
Your discount: €200

Lithuanian neurosurgeon will study the medical situation and give recommendations for treatment.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €9800
€10000
Your discount: €200

Spanish neurosurgeon will study the medical situation and give recommendations for treatment.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €1300
€1500
Your discount: €200

Ukrainian neurosurgeon will study the medical situation and give recommendations for treatment.

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €200
€400
Your discount: €200

Turksih doctor will answer your questions

If you have doubts about your treatment recommendation or are unsure about your diagnosis, one of the best foreign doctors may answer your questions.
from €700
€900
Your discount: €200

Israeli doctor will answer your questions

If you have doubts about your treatment recommendation or are unsure about your diagnosis, one of the best foreign doctors may answer your questions.
from €400
€600
Your discount: €200

German doctor will answer your questions

If you have doubts about your treatment recommendation or are unsure about your diagnosis, one of the best foreign doctors may answer your questions.
from €400
€600
Your discount: €200

Italian doctor will answer your questions

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from €300
€500
Your discount: €200

Polish doctor will answer your questions

If you have doubts about your treatment recommendation or are unsure about your diagnosis, one of the best foreign doctors may answer your questions.
from €200
€400
Your discount: €200

Ukrainian doctor will answer your questions

If you have doubts about your treatment recommendation or are unsure about your diagnosis, one of the best foreign doctors may answer your questions.
from €400
€600
Your discount: €200

Spanish doctor will answer your questions

If you have doubts about your treatment recommendation or are unsure about your diagnosis, one of the best foreign doctors may answer your questions.
from €9800
€10000
Your discount: €200

Israeli orthopedic surgeon prepare an individual surgical plan and recomendations

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €7800
€8000
Your discount: €200

Turkish orthopedic surgeon prepare an individual surgical plan and recomendations

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €9800
€10000
Your discount: €200

German orthopedic surgeon prepare an individual surgical plan and recomendations

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €6800
€7000
Your discount: €200

Italian orthopedic surgeon prepare an individual surgical plan and recomendations

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Lithuanian orthopedic surgeon prepare an individual surgical plan and recomendations

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €4800
€5000
Your discount: €200

Polish orthopedic surgeon prepare an individual surgical plan and recomendations

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €5800
€6000
Your discount: €200

Spanish orthopedic surgeon prepare an individual surgical plan and recomendations

Doctor-consultant will select the best specialist and help at all stages of organizing and undergoing surgical treatment.
from €200
€400
Your discount: €200

Lithuanian doctor will answer your questions

If you have doubts about your treatment recommendation or are unsure about your diagnosis, one of the best foreign doctors may answer your questions.

After examining your situation, doctor will make an individual price offer.

Doctor-consultant will answer all your questions about the cost of treatment, the choice of a doctor and fully organize treatment abroad.

Patient reviews about Proton Therapy
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5/5
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Diagnosis: brain stem tumor

My husband and I tried to get here for an examination in order to undergo radiation therapy, which my husband was prescribed in Italy for a brain stem tumor. Our experience has shown that the center conducts exclusively proton therapy, and there is an idea to go here to patients who are no longer helped by chemotherapy.


5/5
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Diagnosis: oncology

Good clinic. Has passed a course of beam therapy. Hoping for the best.


4/5
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Diagnosis: brain tumor

Our daughter was irradiated at MedAustron for 6 weeks due to a brain tumor. Already when you enter the institute, you feel yourself in
safety and, as paradoxical as it sounds, comfortable. The clinic is new, clean, and bright. All staff is very friendly and helpful.
Even if we had to wait up to 3 hours from time to time, everything was not so bad, because we were told why and how long it would take.


5/5
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Diagnosis: oncology

I express my deep gratitude to Dr. Natalia for her professionalism and care. She was always in touch with me when I was treating my mother. She monitored her condition and improvement. I felt her support and confidence. This is a real doctor with a capital letter. She is very smart, competent, educated and most importantly – a master of her craft. Thank you. And I wish you health and happiness from Allah.

 

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27/04/2023
5/5
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Diagnosis: chordoma

It looks more like NASA than a treatment center. I have been treating chordoma for 1.5 months. All the staff are very caring and polite. Doctors provide you with all kinds of explanations and support. An excellent institution.


5/5
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Diagnosis: cancer

Unfortunately, we went to Austria as a family not for rest, but for treatment. The child was diagnosed with cancer. This center was recommended to us by the attending physician from Ukraine, for which we many thanks. Our little girl was treated with proton therapy. She wasn’t scared and she wasn’t in pain. And that’s why it’s worth visiting this place. The child smiles again and enjoys life. Now the disease has receded. I hope next time we will go to Austria as tourists.


5/5
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Diagnosis: breast cancer

I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and every day my condition got worse. After I was diagnosed, I was immediately sent for surgery. But it didn’t get any better, because two months later I had a relapse. After the treatment did not help me, I gave up. But a co-worker at work shared the experience of her sister, who was being treated at MedAustron. I decided to take a chance and went to Austria. I was met there at the airport and taken to the hospital. There I had an examination and talked to an oncologist. After 3 days I was treated. There were no side effects, everything went quickly and painlessly. I am at home, regularly undergoing examinations to control my disease. I am grateful to my colleague and the doctors of the center.


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Program of Proton Therapy

  • Stay program: Total stay 36 days
  • Day 1: Examination
  • Day 3: Proton therapy planning
  • Day 4: 1st session of proton therapy
  • Day 34: final session of proton therapy
  • Day 36: Return home
What is proton therapy?

Proton therapy is a special type of radiation therapy. Protons are the source of ionizing radiation. Proton radiation destroys DNA in cancer cells and stops tumor growth. Proton beam therapy is an effective treatment for various types of cancer and some benign tumors. Proton therapy is considered the most precise and safe method of radiotherapy, so it is often used to treat cancer in children. Proton therapy is used both as an independent method of treating tumors, and as one of the types of treatment for combined therapy of oncological diseases (it can be prescribed after surgery, simultaneously with chemotherapy).

How is proton beam therapy different from conventional radiotherapy?

How is proton beam therapy different from conventional radiotherapyConventional radiotherapy uses gamma or X-rays, which are produced in linear accelerators using photons and electrons. With such irradiation, energy begins to be released immediately after the penetration of photon radiation into the human body. Therefore, healthy tissues and organs are irradiated through which photon rays pass. This leads to the development of unpleasant side effects during and after radiation treatment, as well as after a certain period after a course of radiotherapy. Sometimes so serious that they require separate treatment.

Proton radiation is produced in special linear accelerators – synchrophasotrons (cyclotrons). Protons, unlike photons, release energy almost simultaneously, at a certain depth (at the location of the tumor). This feature is called the Bragg Peak. Due to this physical phenomenon, healthy tissues in the path of the proton beam are irradiated much less. Scientists have found that with proton therapy, the radiation dose in the tumor area is 30% more, and in the area of healthy tissues, the destructive effect of rays is 60% less than with traditional (photon) radiation therapy. Such data are published by the American Association of Clinical Oncologists, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Therefore, patients tolerate proton cancer treatment well. They maintain daily activity and a good quality of life. If unwanted symptoms appear, then for a short period of time, and they are reversible.

When Oncologists Consider Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy: indicationsOncologists take into account the main advantage of proton therapy – a sparing effect on the body when irradiating a cancerous pathological focus with maximum doses. Especially in cases where tumors are located with vital structures and organs that are sensitive to radiation. These include:

  • brain and spinal cord;
  • red bone marrow;
  • lungs and heart;
  • stomach and intestines;
  • sexual glands.

Therefore, doctors recommend proton therapy:

  • for the treatment of cancer in children;
  • in the treatment of elderly and debilitated people who do not tolerate conventional radiation treatment;
  • when repeat radiotherapy is needed for cancer recurrence;
  • in cases of ineffectiveness of conventional radiotherapy;
  • when it is necessary to simultaneously carry out high-dose chemotherapy and radiotherapy;
  • when it is possible to cure cancer only with the help of proton therapy.

Proton beam therapy can be used for many types of cancer in adults and children.

Why is proton beam therapy preferred in children?

A growing child’s body is very sensitive to ionizing radiation. In addition to adverse reactions during therapy, children may develop secondary radiation-induced cancer 5 to 20 years after treatment. Scientific studies have shown that with proton radiotherapy, the risk of developing such cancer is 4-10 times lower than with photon beam therapy. Therefore, for certain tumors and oncological diseases, pediatric oncologists recommend that proton therapy be given.

What types of cancer are treated in children with proton beams?

In pediatric oncological practice, proton therapy is used for the following neoplasms:

  • brain tumors including glioblastoma, glioma, astrocytoma, meningioma, medulloblastoma;
  • cancer of the optic nerve and retina;
  • nasopharyngeal carcinoma;
  • neuroblastoma;
  • sarcomas of all kinds, including Ewing’s sarcoma;
  • rare tumors, such as teratomas.

Children tolerate proton therapy well. Sometimes it replaces surgical treatment.

What types of cancer can be treated with proton therapy in adults?

What types of cancer can be treated with proton therapy in adultsIn the treatment of oncological diseases in adults, the range of indications for proton therapy is quite wide and includes:

  • various tumors of the brain and base of the skull;
  • malignant neoplasms of the head and neck, including the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, larynx;
  • cancer of the eye and orbit (melanoma, retinoblastoma);
  • tumors of the spinal cord and spine;
  • cancer of the lung and bronchi, esophagus, breast;
  • various sarcomas of any localization;
  • inoperable hepatocellular cancer;
  • prostate cancer.

The list of tumors that can be treated with proton radiation is constantly expanding. And there are cancers for which proton therapy is vital.

What types of cancer are treated with proton therapy?

What types of cancer are treated with proton therapyRecent guidelines for proton radiation treatment, including those of the American Radiation Society of Oncologists (ASTRO), recommend this type of radiotherapy for cancer:

  • visual structures;
  • base of the skull;
  • spinal cord;
  • hepatocellular cancer;
  • all children with oncopathologies;
  • patients who are prescribed a course of radiotherapy for cancer recurrence.

Proton therapy is especially indicated for chordomas and chondrosarcomas of the skull base. They cannot be removed surgically due to their proximity to the brain stem and it is dangerous to irradiate with a photon beam. Proton beam therapy provides an antitumor effect while preserving vital centers in the brain stem. Only after proton therapy can the eye and vision be saved in retinal melanoma.

How does proton therapy work?

How does proton therapy workProton therapy is about the same as conventional radiotherapy.

With the help of proton beams, doctors perform:

  • radiosurgery – 1-3 sessions of irradiation with a large dose;
  • fractional radiotherapy – daily irradiation in small doses for several weeks (20-30 sessions).

Both options use an innovative radiation technology called pencil beam scanning (PBS). This technique ensures the repetition and accuracy of irradiation of a tumor of any shape throughout its entire thickness in just 1-3 minutes. A thin beam of protons “scans” a cancerous tumor with “pixel” millimeter precision.

Before starting treatment, doctors conduct a thorough 3D therapy planning based on CT and MRI data. Masks and other devices are used to ensure the correct position and immobility of the patient during the radiation session. Young children may require general anesthesia or sedation. The entire session lasts 30-45 minutes. Most of the time is spent preparing the patient (positioning) and setting up the device. Cancer treatment with protons does not require hospitalization. Proton therapy is carried out in treatment rooms in comfortable conditions for the patient.

What are the side effects of proton therapy?

Many patients who receive proton therapy have no adverse reactions. Some people may be concerned about general weakness and lack of appetite, redness and irritation of the skin in the area of radiation, which quickly disappear after discontinuation of therapy or with the use of symptomatic agents.

How much does proton therapy cost: the main disadvantage of proton therapy?

With all the advantages of proton therapy, there are also disadvantages:

  • this is an expensive treatment: the average cost of a course of treatment is $40,000-50,000;
  • not all types and stages of cancer can be treated with proton therapy (proton beams do not treat cancer of the skin, stomach, intestines, kidneys, bladder, genital organs, and a number of other tumors, as well as cancer with multiple metastases);
  • not all countries can receive such therapy;
  • not everywhere proton therapy is available to foreign patients;
  • not all proton therapy centers treat a particular type of cancer.

Therefore, proton therapy is not always and not suitable for all patients. The price of photon radiosurgery on CyberKnife or GammaKnife devices, or intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is much less. And the efficiency and high-precision of such treatment on the devices of the latest generation are not inferior to proton therapy.

Where is proton therapy done?

Where to get proton therapy: hospitals, medical centers, clinicsProton beam therapy can only be carried out in specialized centers that are not related to conventional radiotherapy. This is a separate building with a 90-ton cyclotron and sophisticated devices for delivering radiation to the tumor. These centers employ highly specialized staff.

Proton therapy centers treat both adults and children. The specialists of the centers carefully select patients for cancer treatment with protons. Not all patients who are recommended by their oncologists to undergo such radiotherapy receive an invitation for treatment. In each case, the specialists of the proton therapy center evaluate the risks for the patient during photon therapy and the prognosis of the disease when using proton therapy. Experts believe that only 15% of all patients with various types of cancer should receive proton rather than photon radiotherapy.

There are currently 110 proton therapy centers in the world. Most of them are in the USA and Japan. The price of proton therapy in these countries is very high, so the treatment is not available to most foreign patients.

Proton therapy can be done in South Korea, India and China. There are 27 centers in Europe, including in Italy, Austria and Spain. For example, the centers MedAustron and Quiron Salud. The most demanded by foreign patients are several proton therapy centers in Germany and the Proton Therapy Center in Prague. They have both advanced proton irradiation technologies and well-known oncologists and radiologists. In addition, experience has been gained in the treatment of foreign patients with various types of cancer. At the same time, each center, despite the high international standard of proton cancer treatment, has its own characteristics. Therefore, it is not always possible to independently make the right choice in favor of a particular center.

How to choose a proton therapy center?

It is best to ask for help in this matter from the operator who organizes the treatment in proton therapy centers, for example, Experts Medical. Medical coordinators will help to conduct initial consultations in several centers. To do this, they will prepare, translate and transfer the necessary medical documents, including the results of CT and MRI. After receiving an invitation for treatment, they will provide information about how much proton therapy and related services cost, and answer all questions regarding treatment at the center of your choice.

Experts Medical specialists organize travel and accommodation near the proton therapy center and provide comprehensive support during treatment. In addition, they will help pay for part of the cost of proton therapy for a child with the help of charitable foundations with which Experts Medical cooperates.

 

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