Is Proton Therapy Right for Your Child?

Proton therapy treats pediatric cancer with potential fewer side effectsProton therapy improves the care and outcomes for children with cancer by avoiding radiation exposure to healthy and normal tissues, reducing many short- and long-term side effects of cancer treatment.

The advanced technology at the Emory Proton Therapy Center offers powerful and precise targeting to destroy cancer cells and reduce the likelihood of stunted growth, secondary tumors, and other potential side effects that can occur with standard radiation therapy. Learn how this exciting technology can benefit your child.

Seven Ways Proton Therapy Can Reduce Your Child’s Risks of Side-Effects

Proton beam therapy is especially effective for pediatric patients. With photon (X-Ray) radiation therapy, a child’s developing body is exposed to unnecessary radiation in areas that surround the tumor.

Proton therapy can reduce the risk of:

  • Developmental delays
  • Hearing loss
  • Heart disease
  • Hormonal problems
  • Lung disease
  • Secondary tumors
  • Stunted growth

What Types of Cancer Can Be Treated with Proton Therapy?

Many types of cancer are effectively treated with proton therapy for children, including:

  • Brain tumors
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Sarcomas

Because proton beam therapy is so precise, it’s important for our littlest patients at the center to be still during treatment. Our pediatric radiation oncologist and child-life specialist will work with your child to prepare her or him for the treatment. This process will help reduce stress and uncertainty about what’s involved with proton therapy. If needed, sedation or anesthesia services are available.

Comprehensive, Compassionate Care at the Emory Proton Therapy Center

The Emory Proton Therapy Center’s pediatric radiation oncologists work closely with your child’s oncologist and other physicians. Your child’s care plan is discussed in multidisciplinary tumor boards to make sure we provide the most comprehensive care.

If you live far from our treatment center, and your child also requires chemotherapy or other treatment during proton therapy, you may be referred to a pediatric medical oncologist to care for your child while in Atlanta. To learn more about proton therapy and the Emory Proton Therapy Center, visit

Parents of pediatric patients, caregivers, and physicians with pediatric patients needing treatment can schedule a consultation with an Emory Proton Therapy Center professional by calling 1-833-3PROTON (1-833-377-6866) or visiting to complete a form.

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