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Proton therapy is a form of radiation treatment which delivers a precise dose of radiation to tumors while sparing surrounding normal tissue. The result is a better option for treating some types of cancer while causing fewer harmful side effects.
Proton therapy, like all forms of radiation therapy, works by damaging the DNA of cancer cells, which may result in their growth arrest or death. Unlike X-rays, protons can be manipulated to release most of their energy within the tumor with little or no dose in the tissue outside the tumor; it is this feature of proton beams which may result in great potential benefit for select cancer patients.
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