Proton Therapy for Breast Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, every year more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. As part of an innovative cancer care network, the team at Northwestern Medicine Proton Center can help you understand your diagnosis and the advantages of proton therapy.
For decades, conventional breast radiotherapy cancer treatment has helped save the lives of many women. Even with its great success, conventional breast radiotherapy can expose the heart, lungs and other organs to unnecessary radiation. The result can include side effects such as coronary artery disease, lung scarring and secondary malignancies.1,2 In most cases, these side effects are accepted as a given part of appropriate cancer treatment. However, proton therapy represents the latest advancements in cancer treatment, conforming to the shape of the tumor and reducing radiation damage to surrounding healthy tissues and organs.
The 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 breast 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.