Proton Therapy for Esophageal Cancer

Cancers Treated: Esophageal Tumors

Esophageal Cancer

Delivering radiation safely to the esophagus can be difficult because the esophagus, which is the muscular tube that carries food to your stomach, lies near the heart, lungs, and spinal cord. The goal is to deliver a potent dose of radiation without damaging those vital structures near the esophagus.

Why proton therapy

Protons deliver high doses of radiation, specifically targeting tumors. Protons stop after reaching the tumor. Therefore, normal organs and tissue behind the tumor receive no radiation. While effective at killing cancer, the X-rays used in traditional radiation are more likely to damage healthy surrounding tissue and organs as they exit the body.

Esophageal cancer by the numbers

Esophageal cancer is far more common among men than women, but still accounts for only about one percent of the cancers diagnosed in the United States every year, according to the American Cancer Society. Sadly, it is among the more deadly cancers. Only about 20 percent of patients survive 5 years after diagnosis.

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Information from the National Cancer Institute

Information includes esophageal cancer causes, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.

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