MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center provides comprehensive care for patients who have benign or malignant head and neck tumors.
Dr. Steven Frank, medical director of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, discusses in the video the advantages of proton therapy for head and neck cancers and the process for becoming a head and neck patient.
When a patient is treated with proton therapy, it is important to not affect the vital physical functions such as vision, smell, taste and swallowing.
60% of patients who undergo radiation treatment need a feeding tube compared to proton therapy patients who may avoid the need to implant a feeding tube.
Side effects such as nausea, damage to salivary glands, loss of taste and endocrine disorders are also reduced with proton therapy.
As a result, patients are able to better maintain their weight and hydration contributing to successful treatment outcomes and substantially improving quality of life both during and after cancer treatment.
Read more about Proton Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.