Proton therapy is an advanced, highly effective technology that uses protons as an energy source. The essence of this method is directing a focused beam of protons precisely to the tumor. This is especially important for patients with tumors located near vital organs (brain and bone marrow, lungs, or eyes).
Proton Therapy Overview
Proton therapy is a modern, high-precision radiation therapy type that is characterized by a combination of high efficiency and sparing influence on the human body.
Protons release a very small amount of energy immediately after penetrating the tissue. Only at the moment of reaching the target region, there is a sharp increase in energy release. It looks like a small controllable “explosion”. At the site where the maximum dose is released, the effect of the proton beam stops. Due to this, the healthy tissues near the tumor are not exposed to radiation.
Clinical Indications for Proton Therapy
Proton therapy in oncology is used to treat many cancerous processes. It has significant advantages in the treatment of tumors located near vital organs. Proton therapy treatment is often the only option for patients with advanced malignant processes.
The following types of oncology respond to proton therapy well:
- Head and neck tumors
- Brain cancer
- Eye cancer
- Neoplasms of the pelvic organs
- Tumors in the spinal cord
- Tumors of the salivary glands
Proton therapy allows treating not only the primary neoplasms but also recurrent and metastatic tumor processes. Depending on the stage of the oncological process, proton therapy is used both as monotherapy and in combination with chemotherapy and surgery.
Benefits of Proton Therapy
Proton therapy is an option for treating inoperable tumors. This treatment is suitable for patients who cannot tolerate surgery or traditional methods of radiation therapy. The significant advantages of proton therapy include:
- High accuracy and the ability to increase the total radiation dose
- Reduced risk of relapse due to precise focusing of the proton beam
- High efficiency of treatment for non-metastatic tumors (up to 98%)
Radiation therapy is better tolerated by patients, which is another advantage of proton therapy.
Proton Therapy In The Czech Republic
The Proton Therapy Center in Prague is a modern specialized facility that specializes in the treatment of cancer with the innovative proton therapy method.
The Proton Therapy Center has equipment for computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as for the latest combined positron emission and computed tomography (PET/CT). The availability of such diagnostic equipment makes it possible to identify primary tumors and metastases with high accuracy.
All therapies offered by the medical center have been developed in full compliance with international quality and safety standards. Thus, international patients receive world-class treatment here.
How Can I Undergo Proton Therapy in the Czech Republic During a Lockdown?
Many countries have closed their borders following the lockdown regimen, due to the spread of the COVID-19. Thus, undergoing treatment abroad has become more complicated.
In case you need to undergo proton therapy promptly, to continue your treatment abroad, or to make sure you get the best treatment possible, know that you can still undergo treatment abroad even if your country is in lockdown.
Booking Health can facilitate the arrangement of proton therapy in Czech Republic by providing the following services:
- Communication with the chosen hospital
- Providing patients with up-to-date information about the cost of treatment
- Translation of medical reports
- Solving the issues with receiving a medical visa, even if the request for a visa has been declined
- If due to lockdown the embassy is closed completely, Booking Health resolves the issue through the federal police
- Medical visa extension when it is necessary to continue the treatment abroad
- Flight and accommodation booking
- Interpreting services
You can be free of unnecessary stress, while Booking Health takes care of proton therapy arrangements. To specify any information, leave a request on bookinghealth.com and a medical advisor will contact you shortly.