Fight Breast Cancer with Proton Therapy

Avoids Unnecessary Radiation
Reduced Risk of Side Effects
Non-Surgical, Non-Invasive
Only Proton Center in East TN

It’s important to know all of your options when choosing a breast cancer treatment.  Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses a single beam of high-energy protons to precisely target the tumor, reducing the risk of damage to your heart and lungs. As a result, patients who choose proton therapy for breast cancer treatment have a lower risk of long-term side effects including heart disease7,8 and usually experience little to no impact on energy level both during and after treatment.

Call today to speak with a Cancer Care Expert and learn if proton therapy is right for you.

Why Treat Breast Cancer with Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy shows remarkable outcomes and advantages over traditional radiation therapy in the treatment of breast cancer. Protons have unique attributes that reduce radiation exposure to healthy organs.1,2 This is especially important in left-sided breast cancer, as the cancer is close to critical organs such as the heart, LAD (left anterior descending artery) and the lungs.

Proton therapy for breast cancer has many compelling benefits:

  • Treatment is provided in an outpatient setting
  • Little to no impact on patient’s energy level
  • Reduced risk of side effects
  • Minimal downtime during treatment
  • Recent studies link increased risk of heart disease to traditional radiation for left-sided breast cancer6

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We offer both in-person and telehealth consultations. Our telehealth program allows you to speak directly to a physician without leaving your home.

Proton therapy for breast cancer reduces the risk of side effects by delivering significantly less radiation to surrounding organs like the heart and lungs, compared to traditional radiation (x-ray/IMRT).

The Benefits of Proton Therapy for Breast Cancer

The results of clinical research show that proton therapy is an excellent treatment option for patients who are concerned about potential side effects from radiation treatment:

88% less radiation dose to the heart for left sided breast cancer3,4

44% reduction in clinically significant radiation doses to the lung4

90% of partial breast irradiation cases result in good to excellent cosmetic outcomes at 5 years5

Less than 4% of breast cancer patients treated with proton therapy had serious side effects (grade 3 or greater) in locally advanced breast cancer4

42% reduction in risk of cardiac side effects7,8

Only Proton Therapy Center in East Tennessee

Provision CARES Proton Therapy is located in West Knoxville. Our beautiful Dowell Springs campus is less than 10 minutes from downtown, just off Middlebrook Pike.

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Sources & Studies

1. MacDonald S, Specht M, Isakoff S, et al. Prospective pilot study of proton radiation therapy for invasive carcinoma of the breast following mastectomy in patients with unfavorable anatomy – first reported clinical experience. Int J Radiat Oncol. 2012;84(Suppl 3):S113-S114. Abstract 281

2. Moon SH, Shin KH, Kim TH, et al. Dosimetric comparison of four different external beam partial breast irradiation techniques: three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, helical tomotherapy, and proton beam therapy. Radiother Oncol. 2009;90:66-73.

3. Phase III randomized trial proton vs photon therapy for patients with non-metastatic breast cancer receiving comprehensive nodal radiation: A radiotherapy comparative effectiveness (RADCOMP) Consortium trial. Read More

4. Early Toxicity in Patients Treated With Postoperative Proton Therapy for Locally Advanced Breast Cancer. Read More

5. Partial Breast Radiation Therapy With Proton Beam: 5-Year Results With Cosmetic Outcomes. Read More

6. Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease in Women after Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer. Read More

7. Taylor CW et al. Exposure of the Heart in Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy: A Systematic Review of Heart Doses Published During 2003 to 2013. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Nov 15;93(4):845-53. PMID: 26530753

8. Lin LL et al. Proton beam versus photon beam dose to the heart and left anterior descending artery for left-sided breast cancer. Acta Oncol. 2015 Jul;54(7):1032-9. PMID:25789715