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What are possible advantages to proton therapy for cancer?

There are several possible advantages to proton therapy used to treat cancer, including:
  • same tumor killing properties as X-rays
  • decreased dose to normal tissues
  • decreased side effects and complications
  • treating tumors close to critical organs, like the spinal cord
  • increasing the safe dose delivered to tumors
  • increased cure rates
  • ability to re-treat tumors after recurrences
  • added ability to treat benign conditions

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