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Proton therapy for thymus cancer

We would like to introduce the details of proton therapy for thymus cancer.

  • 01.
  • In which cases of thymus cancer can proton treatment be applied?
  • In regards to thymus cancer, surgical operation should be the first treatment option, but depending on the risks associated to post surgery recurrence, radiotherapy may be applied as a supplementary treatment. Radiotherapy may be considered as a second option to chemotherapy in cases where surgical operation may not be feasible. However, proton treatment may be applied depending on the penetration level of the lungs/heart in close proximity to the tumor.

    [Thymus cancer]

  • 02.
  • What is the advantage of proton treatment when treating thymus cancer?
  • It is expected to decrease the possibility of side effects and secondary cancer development in normal tissues.

  • Since thymus cancer has a long survival rate of over 10 years, decreasing risks of long-term side effects after radiotherapy can be seen to be as important as the treatment itself. Specifically, it consists of decreasing long term heart toxicity by reducing the level of radiation transferred to the heart. Also, the risks of secondary cancer development should be reduced by decreasing the amount of radiation transferred to the lungs and breasts. As proton treatment can decrease the range of radiation transfer to the normal tissues, it is expected to contribute to the decrease of long-term side effects and secondary cancer development.

    [Proton Therapy compared to the X-ray treatments to treat thymus cancer]
  • 03.
  • What are the effects of the treatment?
  • Even though the clinical outcome reports have been limited until now, proton treatment can decrease the amount of radiation transferred to the normal tissues including heart and esophagus compared to existing 3 dimensional radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiotherapy.

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