Frequently Asked Questions About Proton Therapy
Find answers to FAQs about proton therapy at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute below.
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.
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.
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.
Your proton therapy team at the Cancer Institute includes radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, nurses, dosimetrists and radiation therapists.
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.
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.
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.
The procedure is not painful, but some patients may experience discomfort from lying on the table and keeping their body in the necessary position.
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.
Children undergoing cancer treatment may receive proton therapy if their medical team recommends the procedure. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.
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