The Northwestern Medicine Proton Center is one of the few proton therapy centers throughout the Midwest and the only one in Illinois. Our team is dedicated to informing you about your condition, explaining all of your treatment options and answering any questions you may have about proton therapy treatment.
How many patients have received proton therapy?
Since the first hospital-based proton treatment center opened in California in 1990, nearly 65,000 people in the United States and 130,000 worldwide have received proton therapy. Experts conservatively estimate that about 250,000 cancer patients in the United States could benefit from proton therapy for tumor treatment.
What kinds of studies have been or are being done to prove the effectiveness of proton therapy?
Researchers at top ranked cancer hospitals around the world have studied the effectiveness of proton therapy as a cancer and tumor treatment. The collection of evidence supporting proton therapy is growing rapidly, particularly as more proton centers open. In fact, the Proton Center is a leader in the sharing and dissemination of research. Our physicians and clinicians are active at more than 20 academic conferences each year.
Can proton therapy be used in combination with other cancer treatments?
In many cases, yes. Proton therapy can be used in combination with chemotherapy, as a follow-up treatment to surgery, and in combination with standard X-ray radiation tumor treatment. Patients of the Proton Center have convenient access to the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville, which is located next to the Proton Center. In addition to the cancer services and treatments offered next door, patients have access to the Northwestern Medicine cancer care network, including Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Only a healthcare provider can determine the best approach for a patient's unique condition.
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