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Secondary and recurrent cancers may be good candidates for protons

Anita Mahajan, MD, medical director at MD Anderson Proton Center in Houston, Texas.
For cancer survivors, cancer’s return can be a sudden, agonizing punch to the gut. And that’s especially true for patients whose cancer develops in the same area where the first cancer had been successfully treated with radiation. Physicians have a harder time using photon treatments a second time. They don’t want inadvertent radiation to re-injure adjacent tissues and organs — over and above the unintentional radiation experienced during photon treatments for the first cancer. And if chemotherapy and surgery are poor treatment options, surviving the second cancer is more challenging. But targeted proton beams offer an alternative radiation option that may increase the odds of surviving these locally recurring cancers and local secondary cancers. Protons can... Full article