Proton Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers

Proton Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck tumors are challenging to treat with radiation therapy because there are many sensitive structures nearby, such as the brain, spine, eyes, ears, nose and throat. Salivary and thyroid glands can also be affected.

The most advanced facility of its kind in Southern California, the Scripps Proton Therapy Center uses precise 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 head and neck cancers can receive higher doses to tumors, which may improve their chances for a cure. Proton radiation treatments may also decrease radiation to surrounding healthy tissue, which could reduce the risk of damage, and lower the likelihood of secondary cancers.

Learn more about proton therapy as a treatment for head and neck tumors.

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.

Head & Neck Cancers Treated

  • Oropharynx, including tongue cancer and tonsil cancer
  • Lip cancer and oral cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer

Learn more about the cancers 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.