Lymphoma Hodgkins Proton therapy
Lymphoma, the use of proton therapy for lymphoma treatment minimizes the radiations exposed to the spinal cord, heart, lungs and mammary glands. There are numerous cancers that attack lymphatic tissues. These cancers include the Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Young people are the ones that are normally affected by lymphoma. Cancer disease is treated with chemotherapy or a combination of both chemotherapy and biological therapy. Radiation treatment is being used to supplement both chemotherapy and biological therapy in cancer treatment. It can also be used as the only method of treating lymphoma.
There are various types of radiation that offers different level of safety to the cancer patient. What you should be aware of concerning Lymphoma:- Conventional X-ray radiotherapy although often effective in treating the tumour is said to cause exposure to healthy tissue. Outcomes which can arise following exposure; can lead to impaired swallowing, dryness to the mouth, skin turning red, mucosa ulceration diarrhoea and nausea. Long-term effects of excessive exposure of x-ray radiotherapy often occur some years after the treatment. These longer-term effects include damage to the heart, lung impairment and secondary tumours.
Proton therapy treatment reduces risks of all these permanent side effects. It is a type of radiation therapy that is very precise, allowing a higher dose of radiation to be delivered to cancerous tissue while sparing normal tissue. It is vital to do everything possible prevent these late dangerous effects that might occur. Proton therapy is recognized internationally as the best treatment for lymphoma. It is said to be the most successful in reducing the long term and permanent side effects for patients suffering from this disease. How is proton therapy useful in lymphoma treatment; It delivers a sufficient and effective application of dose to the tumor. At the same time sparing surrounding healthy tissues by preventing them being destroyed due to the x-rays exposed on them. Chest area Lymphoma. Proton treatment to the chest region reduces the dose exposed to breast, lung, heart and spinal cord for Lymphoma Pelvic and abdomen area. Proton treatment reduces radiations exposed to the kidney, ovaries, intestines, uterus, rectum and liver for the lymphoma in the (Near to)-Head and Neck region. Proton treatment reduces radiations to the brain stem, salivary glands, oral cavity and spinal cord for the lymphoma near the head. Risk reduction of unpleasant complications related to conventional radiotherapy. This complication includes development of secondary tumours and cardiovascular diseases.