Proton Therapy for a Critical Region
Tumors in the base-of-skull region, including chordomas and chondrosarcomas, are difficult to treat because they are often close to critical structures such as the brainstem, brain, cranial nerves and optic nerves. The location of these tumors often makes surgical removal difficult and limits the dose of radiation that can be delivered with standard X-ray radiation treatments. Proton therapy can be particularly appropriate for these tumors because it minimizes radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.2-5
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 explaining all of your treatment options for base-of-the-skull tumors 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.