Rectal Cancer

Rectal cancer is fairly common—approximately 40,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year in the U.S.—and is generally treated with surgery and radiation. One form of radiation which has been used successfully is Proton Therapy.

Like many other parts of the body, the rectum is situated in a sensitive spot. The tissues surrounding it, particularly the small bowel, cannot withstand very high doses of radiation. That’s why Proton Therapy has shown such good results. With protons, physicians have the ability to precisely target the cancer site, bypassing the healthy surrounding tissues. There is also no exit dose, unlike conventional radiation which requires the dose to travel back out of the body. Again, that reduces the risk of damaging healthy tissues.

 Proton Therapy is particularly valuable for patients whose rectal cancer tumors cannot be entirely eradicated. But even in cases where the surgery has effectively removed the cancer, proton therapy has been shown to be helpful. At the New York Proton Institute, we’ve already helped rid numerous patients of their rectal cancer.

If you’ve been diagnosed with colorectal or rectal cancer, ask us about Proton Therapy. Whether alongside chemotherapy or surgery, proton therapy may be exactly what you need to finally eliminate the cancer, and continue to enjoy the quality of life you’ve been used to.

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