Frequent mammograms is the key to early detection for breast cancer. If you have a positive diagnosis for breast cancer, proton therapy might be a good option for you.
The image below demonstrates how proton therapy is more beneficial for the heart and lungs than traditional radiation.
Proton therapy can target a tumor that is near healthy organs and tissue that would otherwise be harmed by conventional radiation. With proton therapy, radiation does not enter the heart. The lungs have significantly less exposure to radiation.
With breast cancer patients, this means having little to no radiation to the heart and significantly less exposure to the lung area. By lowering the risk of developing side effects, it can prevent things such as heart disease, reduced lung function, or secondary cancer. Through clinical trials, we are seeing more and more breast cancer patients being treated with proton therapy with high success rates.
Study #2009-0818 - Assessing the cosmesis and toxicity of partial breast irradiation using proton beam irradiation
The goal of this clinical research study is to find out if receiving a 1-week course of partial breast irradiation (PBI) using proton therapy will cause fewer and/or less severe side effects (such as changes to the appearance of the breast) than a longer course of radiation treatment.
NCT02603341 - Pragmatic randomized trial of proton vs. photon therapy for patients with non-metastatic breast cancer: a radiotherapy comparative effectiveness (RADCOMP) consortium trial
What are clinical trials? Learn the basics and read stories from patient who’ve found success.