Proton Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers
More than 66,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with head and neck cancer and 563,000 worldwide. When treating head and neck tumors, it’s critical to protect the delicate organs that surround the tumor. Proton therapy provides greater precision than X-rays and results in less damage to the surrounding healthy tissue, making it a particularly good for treatment for head and neck tumors.1-10
As part of an innovative cancer care network, the team at Northwestern Medicine Proton Center can help you understand your treatment options and the advantages of proton therapy for your diagnosis.
Proton therapy may be appropriate for the following head and neck tumors:7,8,12
- Nasopharynx (back of the nose where it meets the throat)
- Nasal (nose) cavity
- Paranasal sinuses (sinuses in the face)
- Oropharynx (area of the throat at the back of the mouth), including the tonsils and base of tongue
The 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 head and neck cancers 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.