Precise Radiation Therapy for Lymphoma
Lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes, can be challenging to treat with radiation because these structures are often located near other sensitive tissues. In addition, chemotherapy, which is often used to treat lymphomas, can be toxic to both heart and lungs, making it especially important to reduce radiation exposure to these organs.
The most advanced facility of its kind in Southern California, Scripps Proton Therapy Center uses precision radiation to help overcome these challenges. Protons deposit their maximum energy directly in tumors, reducing exposure to surrounding organs and tissues already taxed by chemotherapy. As a result, some lymphoma patients may experience less intense side effects and have a lower likelihood of secondary cancers to the breast and lung.
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 Lymphoma Treatment
When treating lymphoma, the primary goals are to cure the disease and cause the fewest possible side effects. Proton therapy is an effective option because it can be focused precisely on tumors.
Since many lymphoma patients are also treated with chemotherapy, which can increase radiation toxicity, proton radiation can provide greater safety. This is particularly important when treating tissues adjacent to the heart and lung, which are sensitive to the combined effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Protons can be programmed to deposit their highest energy directly in diseased tissue. This precision often allows proton therapy to deliver powerful radiation doses directly to tumors, while reducing unnecessary radiation to normal tissue.
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.
Types of lymphoma treated
Cancer treatment can be a difficult time for both patients and their families. Understanding this, Scripps offers a wide variety of care to ease the burden.
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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 treatments they are receiving. Many people tolerate proton therapy well and continue to perform normal activities. However, individual responses 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