- What Is Proton Therapy?
- Cancers Treated
- About Us
- News & Information
- For Patients & Families
Osteosarcomas, tumors that arise from bone, can occur at any age, and sometimes affects children. Treatment of osteosarcoma requires a careful and precise method of treatment to reduce the risk of side effects and contribute to a successful outcome for both adult patients and pediatric cancer patients.
In cases of osteosarcoma where complete surgical removal of the tumor is not possible, high-dose radiation like proton therapy is the cancer treatment of choice.
Unlike other types of radiation, proton therapy targets osteosarcoma with a precise beam of protons, delivering a highly effective dose of radiation to the bone cancer while sparing surrounding healthy tissues.
Potentially higher doses of radiation and a low incidence of side effects are what make proton therapy an option worth considering for bone tumors, like osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. In cases where complete removal of a bone tumor is not possible, proton therapy may be used to treat tumors without exposing surrounding tissues to high doses of radiation. This is particularly important for younger patients, where even low doses of radiation may result in significant late complications.
Ask your doctor about proton therapy for bone tumors, or contact the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute to learn more.