Precise Radiation Therapy for Sarcomas
Sarcomas are tumors that form in soft tissue or bone and can be found throughout the body. Depending on where they occur, sarcomas can be difficult to treat with radiation because it can strike healthy tissue near the tumor.
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 doses directly in tumors, reducing exposure to other organs and tissues. As a result, patients may experience fewer side effects and a reduced risk of secondary cancer.
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 Sarcomas
Proton therapy is a highly precise form of radiation treatment. Protons can be targeted to deposit their maximum energy directly in the tumor. As a result, less radiation escapes to damage sensitive structures nearby.
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.
Sarcomas 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.
What to expect
Each patient’s therapy is precisely tailored to his or her 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 will 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. All cancer treatments have advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to discuss these, as well as treatment options, with your cancer specialist.
Proton Therapy for Sarcomas Research
- Effectiveness and safety of spot scanning proton radiation therapy for chordomas and chondrosarcomas of the skull base: first long-term report
- Proton radiotherapy for orbital rhabdomyosarcoma: clinical outcome and a dosimetric comparison with photons
- Re-irradiation with scanned charged particle beams in recurrent tumours of the head and neck: acute toxicity and feasibility