Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation used to treat many types of cancer, including childhood tumors. The ability to precisely target tumors makes proton therapy ideal for treating many types of tumors in children, because it limits the radiation exposure to healthy tissues, which can reduce the risk of short- and long-term side effects. This ability to target the tumor is especially important for children because their growing and developing bodies are especially sensitive to the effects of radiation.
Want to learn more about proton therapy? Please plan to join us for a 45-minute webinar, where Dr. Anita Mahajan, Medical Director of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center will provide an overview of radiation therapy and how it’s used to treat childhood cancer, its limitations and possible side effects. She will offer in-depth information about proton therapy, including the physics and science behind this emerging treatment, as well as how it can benefit children with cancer.
She will also discuss:
- Types of childhood cancers treated with proton therapy
- Advances in proton therapy, such as pencil-beam scanning proton therapy, and how it is applied to pediatric cancer
- MD Anderson's extensive experience with treating childhood cancer with proton therapy
- What the future holds for proton therapy
Dr. Mahajan will be available for Q&A following her presentation.