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Proton Therapy Carries Precise, Potent Punch Against Cancers for Patients at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Date:5/26/2010

Highly Focused Energy Beam Adds Much-Needed Weapon in Treating Brain Tumors, with Gentler Side Effects.

(PRWEB) May 26, 2010 -- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announces the availability of proton therapy, a precise form of cancer radiation that offers potentially life-changing benefits to children with brain tumors and other solid tumors. The Hospital’s Cancer Center has recently begun using proton therapy treatment at the new Roberts Proton Therapy Center, a cutting-edge radiation oncology facility located across the street from Children’s Hospital in Penn Medicine’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

With a child diagnosed with a brain tumor, parents often face a cruel dilemma. Conventional radiation treatment that offers survival often risks severe side effects, including damage to surrounding healthy tissue, as well as impairments to hearing, vision, growth and cognition. The after-effects may impede a child’s daily life and may carry the prospect of lifelong disability and dependence. In fact, the side effects are potentially devastating enough that conventional radiation therapy is not given to children under age two.

The Roberts Proton Therapy Center is the only proton therapy facility in the country conceived with pediatric patients in mind from the earliest planning stag
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