Proton therapy is an effective radiation treatment for many types of tumors, but not all. In fact, on average we only treat 25 percent of the patient leads that come to us. We believe it’s extremely important to direct patients to the right treatment for their case and we know proton therapy isn’t right for everyone.
However, because protons can be more precisely controlled than standard X-ray radiation, they deliver a lower dose of radiation to healthy tissue, which is particularly important when a tumor is close to a critical organ or structure.
The physicians at the Northwestern Medicine Proton Center* are part of Radiation Oncology Consultants, the largest private radiation oncology practice in the Midwest with 24 physicians.
Our philosophy when working with other physicians is simple: partnership. Based on mutual respect and collaboration, we believe in delivering the best treatment for your patient, which may or may not include proton therapy. When proton therapy is recommended, you can be confident knowing your patient will receive exceptional care and be delivered back into your care.
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