About the Pediatric Proton Process

Treatment and low side effects

Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric cancer experts evaluates each individual child’s specific type of cancer and recommends the best course of treatment.

Dr. Shannon Popovich explains in the video what parents can expect with daily anesthetic treatments in an effort to ease any apprehensions and fears parents have about their children being put to sleep for proton therapy treatment.

Proton therapy is an excellent treatment option for children, adolescents and young adults with cancerous and non-cancerous tumors that can be treated with traditional radiation.

The team at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center has treated more than 800 children since it opened in 2006.

Children with tumors in the brain, head, neck, spinal cord, heart, lungs and other areas that are sensitive to radiation can benefit from treatment with proton therapy because physicians can target treatment directly to the tumor area.

Studies show that additional benefits of proton therapy are seen years after treatment, when long-term side effects may be avoided.

Treatment with proton therapy can potentially minimize late effects including:

  • Intellectual and developmental impairment in children treated for brain tumors
  • Hormone deficiencies
  • Infertility
  • Damage to heart, lung and other organs
  • Secondary cancers
  • Growth abnormalities

Our dedicated team of experts understands that children are not just “little adults.” They require experts specifically trained in dealing with the unique emotional and medical needs of children.

At the Proton Therapy Center, we have a dedicated child life specialist on-site to help patients and their families cope with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Scientific Evidence

Read more scientific evidence about proton therapy and pediatric cancer from MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center's published research.

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