Proton beam therapy treatment for Chordoma

Proton beam therapy (PBT) can be effective in treating chordoma. It is a different type of radiotherapy that uses high-energy protons rather than high-energy (photon) radiation to deliver a dose of radiotherapy. Proton beam therapy can be more effective than regular radiotherapy as it can be delivered precisely to where it is needed. This reduces the risk of damage to the surrounding tissue or vital organs. Until very recently (2019) PBT has not been available in the UK; however, the NHS has paid for selected patients to receive this type of treatment overseas in the USA or in Europe.

Today, the new NHS Proton Beam Centre at the Christie Hospital in Manchester is the first UK-based NHS high-energy proton beam therapy centre and will be joined soon by the Proton Beam Centre at UCL Hospital, London, two of the most advanced Proton beam therapy sites in the world.

This information is provided for general guidance only and is not intended to be a substitute for specialist and professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is crucial to seek the advice of your GP, oncologist or other medical specialist with any questions you may have regarding your concerns and/or medical care. Contact us to find out more.

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