Roberts Proton Therapy Center

Cancers Treated with Proton Therapy

Proton therapy is a non–invasive and extremely precise treatment option, and alone, or in combination with other treatments, can be extremely effective treatment for many specific types of cancers.

Cancer Types

Proton therapy is used for a variety of cancer types, and at Penn Medicine we are constantly working to expand the list of conditions treated with proton therapy.

Below are some of the cancers treated with proton therapy:

  • Brain cancer and spinal tumors
  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer (colon, esophageal, kidney, pancreatic)
  • Gynecologic (cervical cancer)
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pediatric cancer, in conjunction with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sarcomas

Proton therapy is also a potential treatment option for cancer that cannot be completely removed by surgery, as well as recurrent cancer.

Is Proton Therapy Right for Me?

Proton therapy may not always be the best option for your type of cancer.

Chemotherapy, surgery, or conventional radiation therapy may be the best treatment for some cancers. In addition, proton therapy may be used in conjunction with one or more of these therapies.

Before starting treatment for cancer, you will meet with your team of experts who are national leaders in your cancer type. Together, they will work with you to determine your best treatment options.

Because every type of cancer treatment, as well as comprehensive medical care and support services, is available right here at Penn's world–renowned Abramson Cancer Center, you'll be able to see all your doctors and learn about all your options in one location.

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