Precise Radiation Treatment for Lymphoma
Proton therapy featuring pencil-beam scanning technology enables Scripps doctors to pinpoint treatments to within a millimeter and attack lymphoma tumors while reducing unwanted patient exposure — especially to the heart and lungs.
Lymphoma, which originates in the cells of the lymphatic system, can be classified as two types: Hodgkin’s disease or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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 minimizes patient exposure
Many lymphoma patients are treated with chemotherapy, which can increase radiation toxicity in the body.
Proton therapy becomes particularly promising when treating lymphomas near vital organs that have sensitivity to the combined effects of chemotherapy and radiation. The reason: maximum cancer-fighting doses of protons are released directly into the cancer, sparing healthy tissue.
Proton therapy for lymphoma can be a treatment option in place of traditional X-ray radiation therapy and chemotherapy — or provided in combination with chemotherapy. Scripps teams collaborate to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for patients, based on stage of cancer, medical history and other potential factors.
Lymphoma patients receiving proton therapy may experience fewer or less intense radiation side effects and reduced odds of developing secondary cancers to breasts, lungs and other organs later in life.
Opened in 2014, the Scripps Proton Therapy Center is the most advanced proton treatment facility on the West Coast and offers the highest level of care for regional, national and international patients.
Types of lymphoma and related cancers treated with proton therapy
Cancer treatment can be a physically difficult and emotionally challenging time for patients, as well as families and loved ones. Knowing this, Scripps offers a comprehensive variety of care to help ease the burden. Learn more about the support services available.
What to expect
Each patient’s proton therapy treatment is specifically tailored to his or her needs. Care teams collaborate and work closely with patients to create a personalized treatment plan. The number and length of proton therapy treatments can vary, based on the cancer and patient’s health. How patients respond to treatment depends on many factors, including the types of cancer treatments they are receiving. Many people tolerate proton therapy well and see no disruption in daily activities. Individual responses can vary. Learn more about what to expect during treatment 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. Be sure to discuss these, as well as treatment options, with your cancer specialist.
Evidence supporting proton therapy for lymphoma
- Dosimetric comparison of involved-field three-dimensional conformal photon radiotherapy and breast-sparing proton therapy for the treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in female pediatric patients
- Dosimetric comparison of three different involved nodal irradiation techniques for stage II Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients: conventional radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and three-dimensional proton radiotherapy
- Effective dose reduction to cardiac structures using protons compared with 3DCRT and IMRT in mediastinal Hodgkin lymphoma