What is Proton Beam Radiation?

Category: Procedures

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Generic name: Radiation Therapy

Proton beam radiation is a type of radiation therapy that utilizes protons instead of photons. Protons are particles believed to deliver more energy at the end of their path versus along the length of their path, as with photons. This allows for the safe delivery of higher doses of radiation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 2 0
Astrocytoma 1 1
Chondrosarcoma 1 1
Ocular melanoma 1 1
Oligodendroglioma 1 0
Prostate cancer 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 3
Mild 1
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Proton Beam Radiation

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 2
Hair loss 2
Bad taste in mouth 1
Blurry vision 1
Change in taste 1
Constipation 1

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Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 3
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There are no evaluations for Proton Beam Radiation.