Proton therapy is a relatively newer cancer treatment for early stage breast cancer, but it has already shown remarkable promise and advantages over conventional therapy in the treatment of breast cancer. The accuracy and low impact of proton radiation therapy is a non-invasive and low-risk option for breast cancer treatment used to destroy cancerous cells or tissue. Proton radiation treatment is extremely precise and therefore more effective at targeting cancerous cells without causing damage to surrounding breast tissue.
Proton therapy is not a substitute for a lumpectomy. Rather, it is an alternative to traditional radiation therapy. After the lumpectomy has been complete, a breast cancer patient would receive 10 days of proton treatment instead of five to six weeks of traditional radiation therapy.