Note to Patients: The following news is posted for archival purposes only. Scripps is no longer accepting new patients for proton therapy.
A recent report from the American Cancer Society shows that the overall U.S. cancer death rate has declined by 25 percent since 1991.
For perspective, KUSI-TV News interviewed Carl Rossi, MD, medical director of the Scripps Proton Therapy Center. Dr. Rossi explained that increasingly sophisticated treatments, including proton radiation therapy, have played a key role in improving patient survival and quality of life.
Dr. Rossi discussed how proton therapy radiates less healthy tissue than conventional X-ray radiation, which reduces the likelihood of side effects and treatment-related cancers.