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The Benefits of Proton Therapy

Dr. Charles Simone New York Proton Center

Proton therapy works best for patients whose cancer has not yet spread to other parts of the body. The biggest advantage of this kind of radiation is that it minimizes damage to healthy cells because the protons stop at the target, as opposed to x-rays that continue to pass through the body and leave an exit dose.

There is some debate about whether proton therapy is really necessary given its cost and its limited availability in large swaths of the country.

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Dr. Charles Simone is Chief Medical Officer at the New York Proton Center, where he uses proton therapy to treat patients with a variety of cancers, including lung cancer, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Read More