Proton Therapy for Central Nervous System (Brain and Spine) Cancers

Brain and Spine Cancer Radiation Therapy

Delivering radiation therapy to tumors in and around the brain and spine (also known as the central nervous system, or CNS) can be a tremendous challenge. Clinicians must direct high doses of radiation to tumors while protecting, as much as possible, sensitive nearby tissues such as normal brain tissue, brain stem, and nerves that allow vision and hearing.

Scripps Proton Therapy Center uses high-precision radiation treatments to help overcome these challenges. Protons deposit their maximum energy directly in tumors, reducing exposure to other organs and tissues. As a result, some patients with tumors in and around the brain or spine can be treated with higher tumor doses, which may improve their chance of cure. Proton radiation allows doctors to reduce radiation to surrounding healthy tissue, often reducing the risk of collateral damage and lowering the likelihood of a secondary cancer.

Learn more about proton therapy as a treatment for tumors in and around the brain and spine.  

About Proton Therapy


Proton Therapy Expertise

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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.

Brain & Spine Cancers Treated

  • Glioma
  • Meningioma
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Ependymoma
  • Pituitary tumors

Learn more about the tumors treated.

Why Choose Scripps

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From diagnosis and treatment to navigation and support, Scripps offers comprehensive cancer care. Learn how proton therapy further complements these services.