The Proton Advantage

There are many advantages to proton radiation therapy for patients with inoperable tumors and conditions. Patients with prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, pediatric tumors and many other conditions can receive the benefits of proton therapy. Proton therapy is non-invasive, painless and has minimal side effects, making it a preferred form of cancer treatment.

We have delivered more than 600,000 successful proton treatments to over 18,000 patients with cancerous and non-cancerous conditions by applying the power and precision of proton therapy in combination with our cutting-edge technology and highly experienced staff.

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About Proton Therapy

Patients can maintain normal life activities while receiving proton radiation treatment, because proton therapy is painless and non-invasive. The treatment sends proton beam directly to the cancer or tumor site without causing harm to surrounding tissues and organs.

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Is Proton Therapy Right for Me?

There are many advantages to proton therapy. It is completely non-invasive, leaving no scars or tissue damage. It is painless, allowing you to leave your treatment session and continue your daily routine. It is the ideal treatment for inoperable tumors in children and adults.

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Proton therapy researcher

Proton Therapy Research

Loma Linda University Medical Center and the James M. Slater, MD Proton Treatment and Research Center are committed to the continuation, design and participation of proton therapy research. Proton therapy research will allow us to provide care for patients with many kinds of cancer and non-cancerous conditions. The goal is to expand treatment capabilities so that more patients can benefit from proton therapy.

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History of Proton Radiation Therapy

Using high-energy protons for medical treatment was first proposed in 1946. For 24 years, the John M. Slater, MD Proton Therapy and Research Center has provided cancer patients with the benefits of proton therapy.

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How Does Proton Therapy Work?

During therapy, a beam of protons is sent directly to the tumor to eliminate cancerous cells. Because the proton beam targets the cancer-filled area only, healthy cells are not harmed. You will not feel any pain during your proton therapy and side effects are minimal.

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The commitment to whole-person care with an emphasis on health sets the experience of the patient treated at Loma Linda apart from any other proton center. Richard Garner, patient