Proton therpay for esophagus cancer
We would like to introduce the details of proton therapy for esophagus cancer.
- In which cases of esophagus cancer can proton treatment be applied?
Early stage/advanced esophagus cancer which is difficult for patients to endure
If endoscope resection and operation is difficult to perform in the early stage esophagus cancer patients due to age and physical strength associated diseases, proton treatment can be applied in such cases.
Similarly, if operation is difficult to perform on advanced esophagus cancer patients due to age and physical strength associated diseases, proton treatment can be applied.
Patients who must receive radiotherapy before operation
There are cases where the radiotherapy must be performed prior to operation. In such cases, the proton treatment can be applied if there are concerns associated with a large treatment site and heart and lung toxicity.
- What is the advantage of the proton treatment when treating esophagus cancer?
When treating esophagus cancer through radiotherapy, there are concerns pertaining to heart side effects. Proton treatment has an advantage of reducing the amount of radiation exposure to the heart to minimize the risk of side effects in the heart.
[Proton Therapy compared to the X-ray treatments to treat esophagus cancer]
- What are the effects of the treatment?
- Although the treatment performance results of proton treatment on esophagus cancer have been limited thus far, this currently actively being studied through clinical research.