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There are so many different options out on the market today for cancer therapy. It can be difficult to decide which ones are the most effective. Treatment options for prostate cancer, breast cancer and others vary wildly in price and success and it can hard to parse out which ones are worth it. The following list is a comparison of typical cancer therapy in relation to a new type, proton beam radiation, which entered into the market just a few years ago with explosive results. It’s revolutionizing prostate cancer options as well as other options and by comparing it to others, its efficiency and success becomes much more apparent.

  • Conventional radiation therapy targets a wide area, thereby causing potential damage to the surrounding cells. This breakdown can be painful for the patient and difficult or expensive to fix, if fixable at all.
  • Proton therapy is very specifically targeted at certain tissues. It doesn’t target surrounding tissue nearly as much which can reduce damage up to 50% to the lungs and have no effect on the heart in some cases. There’s also a significantly reduced amount of radiation when administered to the gastrointestinal tract as opposed to conventional x-rays. Overall, up to 60% of the dosage is reduced in a normal proton radiation therapy.
  • Conventional radiation therapy can take awhile and be costly, both in time and money, to the patient in question. The therapies are relatively long and the results take time to come in and process.
  • Proton radiation therapy is a non-invasive cancer treatment and takes little time. The sessions only go on for around six weeks. This makes it among the most sought out treatment options for prostate cancer and other types of cancer. Treatments typically only last for around 30 minutes and the actual process only takes up to a minute. This ease of access, or lack of invasive access, is far preferable to most patients than the poking, prodding and sickness of general radiation therapy.
  • Regular patient therapies can be different in different places. Treatments can vary and what’s offered in one place isn’t necessarily offered in another.
  • Treatment options for prostate cancer or brain cancer that fall under the proton beam radiation therapy label are growing quickly across the world. 30 particle therapy centers opened up in 2015 across the world. 31,000 people have taken the treatment in the US and even more have elected to use it worldwide. Across the whole globe, in Europe and Asia, 67,000 people or more have started to use proton beam therapy instead of conventional therapy. It just makes more sense from a data perspective.

Doctors and patients across the world are taking notice. The numbers just can’t lie. It’s easy for everyone to see what’s most efficient and what provides the most effective and fastest care. By taking this step, both doctors and patients can take this step in ridding the human species of all of the debilitating cancers that cause so much suffering. It’s just a matter of choosing the future.

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