The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center's world-renowned team of radiation oncologists, nurses, therapists, social workers and other cancer specialists is dedicated to providing you the best experience possible. We also have the world's first proton therapy facility located within a comprehensive cancer center, designed to help ensure your optimum treatment plan.
Treatment is delivered in a comfortable outpatient setting. The actual treatment is non-invasive, painless and typically has no impact on your energy level, so you can get right back to doing the things you love. Patients may feel some temporary discomfort over the affected area after treatment.
Treatment varies for each patient, but most are treated daily, Monday through Friday, for eight weeks. Each treatment typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes. Head and neck patients should expect to have a mask created to help them keep their head, neck and shoulders in the same position during treatment.
Potential side effects:
Each type of cancer treatment can change the way the patient looks, talks, eats or breathes. Therefore, it is important to preserve the quality of life of patients so they can return to normal activities as soon as possible.
With proton therapy, side effects such as nausea, damage to salivary glands, and loss of taste are reduced, enabling patients to better maintain their weight and hydration. As a result, patients have successful treatment outcomes and substantially improve their quality of life both during and after cancer treatment.
Additionally, patients may avoid the need for a feeding tube during head and neck cancer treatment, which can occur in up to 60% of standard radiation patients.
When treating head and neck cancers, a diverse team of oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, dental oncologist, and others with special training collaborates to support your needs after cancer.