Proton Therapy for Lung Cancer

Target lung cancer while sparing surrounding lung and heart tissue

Proton therapy is a highly targeted form of radiation therapy that localizes the radiation exposure to the tumor with reduced excess radiation affecting the lung, heart or esophageal tissues around it.

Lung cancer scan comparing proton therapy to photon therapy

Why choose proton therapy?

Treating tumors in the lungs is often made more difficult by having to be aware of the sensitive tissue in and around the lungs. Traditional X-ray radiation is difficult to apply to lung tumors because it can damage healthy tissue and cause further side effects and complications.

Because of the precision of proton therapy, the risk for side effects to the heart and lungs can often be reduced. Many of our patients experience a higher quality of life throughout their treatment. Recent clinical evidence suggests that lung cancer patients may experience 57 percent less severe lung complications and a 32 percent increase in overall three-year survival rates.

For those with a recurrence of lung cancer, additional radiation therapy can increase the risk of side effects and secondary cancers. In these cases, proton therapy can provide an optimal dose of radiation to your tumor while protecting surrounding areas.

Thoracic/lung cancers we treat with proton therapy

We’re currently able to provide proton therapy for the following lung cancers:

Proton therapy for recurrent lung cancer

For those with a recurrence of lung cancer, additional radiation therapy can increase the risk of side effects and secondary cancers. In these cases, proton therapy can provide an optimal dose of radiation to your lung tumor while protecting surrounding areas. This puts radiation back on the table as a treatment option for recurrent lung cancer.

Learn more about proton therapy

Request a consultation below to learn if proton therapy might benefit you. Our physicians will work with you and your care team to create your personalized treatment plan.

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Our team at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center is dedicated to helping you navigate your journey through treatment. After a cancer diagnosis, you may understandably have a lot of questions and we’re here to answer all of them.

To see if proton therapy is right for you, request a consultation by completing the form below. It should only take about 3 minutes to complete.

Once you complete the form, you will receive a call within two business days from our front desk (410-442-6486).