Bladder Cancer Treatment with Precise Radiation Therapy
Located in the pelvis, surrounded by other sensitive organs, the bladder can be challenging to treat with radiation therapy. Oncologists must effectively target cancerous tumors while minimizing doses to adjacent, healthy tissue.
The most advanced facility of its kind in Southern California, Scripps Proton Therapy Center uses precise radiation treatments to help overcome these challenges. Protons deposit their highest radiation directly in tumors, reducing exposure to healthy organs and tissues.
The clinical and scientific teams have more than 90 years of combined experience treating patients with proton therapy. Learn more about the experts at the center.
From diagnosis and treatment to navigation and support, Scripps offers comprehensive cancer care. Learn how proton therapy further complements these services.
Proton Therapy for the Treatment of Bladder Cancer
When treating bladder cancer with radiation, the primary goal is to apply the maximum dose to the tumor, while minimizing exposure to surrounding tissue. Proton therapy can help accomplish this goal. Protons can be programmed to deposit their highest energy directly in the diseased tissue. As a result, less radiation reaches healthy structures near the cancer.
This accuracy is even further enhanced by Scripps’ advanced imaging and pencil beam scanning technology, which focuses a narrow proton beam — smaller than the width of a pencil — to precisely target tumors.
Bladder cancers treated with proton therapy
Cancer treatment is a difficult time for both patients and their families. Understanding this, Scripps offers a wide variety of care to ease the burden. Learn more about the support services available to patients with bladder cancer.
What to expect
Each patient’s therapy is precisely tailored to their needs. Patients and clinicians collaborate closely to create a personalized treatment plan. The number and length of treatments will vary, based on the cancer. How patients respond depends on many factors, including the types of bladder treatments they are receiving. Many people tolerate proton therapy well and continue to perform normal activities; however, individual responses vary. Learn more about what you may expect as a patient at Scripps Proton Therapy Center.
Proton therapy is a highly precise form of external radiation therapy that can be used for tumor control in select patients. All cancer treatments have advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to discuss these, as well as treatment options, with your cancer specialist.