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Proton Beam Therapy for Pediatric Malignancies

Susan Doyle-Lindrud
CJON 2015, 19(5), 521-523 DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.521-523

Although major advances have been made in radiation techniques, concerns still exist about the treatment-related acute and long-term side effects. This issue is most notable in the pediatric population because of developing organs and tissues combined with longer life expectancies. Proton beam therapy has the advantage of a reduced dose of radiation with less scatter to normal tissue, which may lead to fewer adverse side effects.

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  • Many pediatric patients with cancer receive radiation therapy.
  • Radiation treatments can cause significant acute and long-term side effects.
  • Proton beam therapy reduces radiation scatter to normal tissues and may decrease acute and late toxicities.

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