Your mom is one tough cookie.
You were able to see her late last night on your way to the airport. Just 30 hours after surgery, she was sitting up, talking, and showing you Christmas lists and texts from her grandkids on her iPad! She also told you all about her adventures in eating, about the yummy macaroni and cheese and beef sandwiches from the hospital. With some help, your mom has been up and walking to the restroom and also around the whole intensive care unit. Of course, she is not yet up for visitors in general, or anything loud, or bright, but you were genuinely shocked to see such progress already.
If a diagnosis of brain cancer is a part of your holiday season this year, you need more than just continued prayers and good thoughts. You can pray for protection from infection, for good pain management, and wise doctors, but you also need the information about the latest treatment options.
Finding the right treatment options starts with meeting with the right doctor and the right cancer team. Fortunately, the latest proton radiation therapy options help many patients get the results that they want.
Advanced Cancer Treatment Options Offer Patients Hope
Whether you are looking at brain cancer treatment options or the best possibilities for treating prostate cancer, it is important to talk to people to see what the advanced cancer treatment options. Proton cancer treatments are some of the latest options for many patients. Consider some of these facts and figures about advanced cancer treatment options:
- Stopping at a very specific point in the targeted tissue, proton therapy is a type of radiation that is often an advantage over conventional radiation which continues beyond the targeted tissue. In breast cancer, for instance, this means an average of no radiation to the heart and an average of 50% less radiation to the lung when compared with conventional radiation.
- Proton therapy also decreases the radiation dose to gastrointestinal structures by as much as 59% compared to X-rays.
- Proton therapy treatment session typically lasts 15 to 45 minutes; however, the actual time spent delivering the protons to the tumor is really only about one or two minutes.
- More than 30 particle therapy centers, which included a total of approximately 80 treatment rooms, were under construction worldwide, at the beginning of 2015.
- Due to proton therapy’s targeted approach, the latest research has found that prostate cancer patients treated using proton therapy have a significantly reduced risk of impotence. In fact, 94% of men report that they remain sexually active after treatment.
Finding the right doctor at the right hospital and the best treatment options can help you have the best chance of fighting even the most challenging diagnosis.