With proton therapy, many of our patients are able to continue with their daily activities during and after treatment is complete.
The images above demonstrate how proton therapy delivers less radiation dose than IMRT, helping spare important healthy structures such as healthy lung tissue, esophagus and spinal cord.
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer among men and women in the United States. At the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, physicians were among the first to treat lung cancer with protons and chemotherapy. Additionally, physicians have considerable experience in caring for our patients and continue to make advances in research.
Benefits of proton therapy and lung cancer
Due to the proximity of the lungs to other critical organs, proton therapy is able to precisely target the tumor and spare these healthy structures such as the esophagus, heart and spinal cord.
Common symptom for lung cancer include:
- Chronic cough
- Coughing up blood
- Feeling breathless
- Chronic chest pain
Besides smoking, there are other factors that can contribute to lung cancer such as:
- Regular exposure to second-hand smoke
- Military service
- Environmental exposure
- Industrial chemicals
- Health-related issues
- Family history