Proton Therapy for Brain Tumors
Tumors of the brain are classified as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign brain tumors may need to be treated because they can cause serious health problems by pressing on sensitive areas of the brain or may become malignant over time.
Malignant tumors are classified as brain cancer if they originate in the brain or have spread to the brain from cancers in other parts of the body. Because the brain is so complex, treatment to this area can have long-term implications for the nervous system or other organs. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, we recommend learning about all your treatment options before making a decision.
Proton therapy can be particularly beneficial for brain tumor patients. Since the brain is in close proximity to many critical organs, structures, and other parts of the nervous system, the ability of protons to precisely target the tumor makes proton therapy at the Northwestern Medicine Proton Center a particularly effective treatment option for many brain tumors.
Proton therapy may be appropriate for the following types of brain tumors:
- Low-grade gliomas
- Grade III gliomas
- Recurrent glioblastoma (on clinical trial)
- Supratentorial PNET
- Germ cell tumors
The Northwestern Medicine Proton Center is one of the few proton therapy centers throughout the Midwest and the first one in Illinois. Our team is dedicated to explaining all of your treatment options for brain cancer and facilitating a conversation with you and your physician or oncologist to determine the best course of treatment for you.
To learn if you can benefit from proton therapy, call 1.877.887.5807 or fill out our online form.