Frequently Asked Questions About Proton Therapy
Find answers to FAQs about proton therapy at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute below.
Is proton therapy right for me?
Before you begin cancer treatment at the Cancer Institute, you will meet with your care team to determine your best possible treatment options. The benefit of proton therapy versus traditional radiation therapy varies among patients and depends on tumor type, size, location and other factors.
Which cancers can be treated with proton therapy?
Please see our conditions webpage to learn which cancers may be eligible for proton therapy.
Am I a candidate for proton therapy?
Our team of experienced radiation oncologists will determine if you are a potential candidate for proton therapy or if another therapy might be better suited for your condition.
Can proton therapy be combined with other treatments?
Depending on the patient, proton therapy may be used along with other cancer treatments. Your care team will determine the best treatments for you and develop a personalized care plan.
Who is on my proton therapy team?
Your proton therapy team at the Cancer Institute includes radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, nurses, dosimetrists and radiation therapists.
Is proton therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration?
Proton therapy was approved by the FDA in 2001.
Does my insurance cover proton therapy?
Many insurance plans, including Medicare, cover proton therapy. Contact your insurance provider for more information about your coverage. If proton therapy is not covered, there may be financial assistance options available. Self-pay arrangements are also available.
How long will my proton therapy treatment sessions last?
The length of proton therapy treatment sessions varies depending on the type and location of the tumor. Typically, each session lasts 30 minutes or less.
What are the side effects of proton therapy?
Many patients report fewer and less severe side effects from proton therapy than with other treatments. Side effects may include fatigue, skin redness and temporary hair loss. Patients who are also receiving other treatments may experience other side effects. Many patients return to work or school after treatment sessions. Your radiation oncologist is available to discuss possible side effects with you.
Is proton therapy painful?
The procedure is not painful, but some patients may experience discomfort from lying on the table and keeping their body in the necessary position.
Can I have sex after proton therapy?
Patients who receive proton therapy may have sex after treatment.
I'm interested in proton therapy at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute but am not from the area. Are there accommodations available?
To support patients who come from outside the Orlando area, we have a list of hotels with prearranged rates for our patients. Please ask for more information when making your appointment.
Can children receive proton therapy?
Children undergoing cancer treatment at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children or Nemours Children’s Hospital may receive proton therapy if their medical team recommends the procedure.
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