More Cancer Patients are Choosing 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 treatment for head, neck or oral cancer. 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 eyes, optic nerves, salivary glands and other tissue and organs near the cancer cells.1-3 As a result, patients who choose proton therapy have a lower risk of side effects, including losing the ability to swallow or needing a feeding tube.5-8

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

Why Treat Head, Neck & Oral Cancer with Proton Therapy?

The precision of proton therapy helps head, neck and oral cancer patients maintain better nutritional health and reduces the risk of side effects such as blindness, hearing deterioration, dry mouth and secondary malignancies.1,4

Studies have shown the benefits of proton therapy for head, neck and oral cancers include:5-8

  • Improved ability to swallow, reducing the risk of needing a feeding tube
  • Decreased risk of tooth extraction
  • Reduction in loss of taste
  • Decreased risk of nausea and mouth pain

Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville adheres to all CDC recommendations in order to protect the health and safety of our patients, employees and visitors.

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 head, neck and oral cancers reduces the risk of side effects by delivering significantly less radiation to areas like the spinal cord, brain and swallowing muscles, compared to traditional radiation (x-ray/IMRT).

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 Steneker M, Lomax A, Schneider U. Intensity modulated photon and proton therapy for the treatment of head and neck tumors. Radiother Oncol. 2006;80(2):263-267

2 Taheri-Kadkhoda Z, Björk-Eriksson T, Nill S, et al. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy of nasopharyngeal carcinoma: a comparative treatment planning study of photons and protons. Radiat Oncol. 2008;3:4

3 Yeung D, Malyapa RS, Mendenhall WM, et al. Dosimetric comparison of IMRT and proton therapy for head and neck tumors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006;66(3):S412

4 Taheri-Kadkhoda Z, Björk-Eriksson T, Nill S, et al. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy of nasopharyngeal carcinoma: a comparative treatment planning study of photons and protons. Radiat Oncol. 2008;3:4

5 Sio, Terence & Lin, Huei-Kai & Shi, Qiuling & Gunn, Gary & Cleeland, Charles & Lee, J. & Hernandez, Mike & Blanchard, Pierre & Thaker, Nikhil & Phan, Jack & Rosenthal, David & Garden, Adam & Morrison, William & Fuller, C. & Mendoza, Tito & Mohan, Radhe & Wang, Xin & Frank, Steven. (2016). Intensity-Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) versus Intensity-Modulated Photon Radiotherapy (IMRT) for Oropharyngeal Cancer: First Comparative Results of Patient-Reported Outcomes. International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics. 95. 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2016.02.044.

6 Holliday EB, Garden AS, Rosenthal DI, Fuller CD, Morrison WH, Gunn GB, Phan J, Beadle BM, Zhu, XR, Zhang X, Hanna E, Glisson BS, Hutcheson KA, El-Naggar AK, Hong JH, Hung TM, Uzel EK, Lewis G, Frank SJ. Proton Therapy Reduces Treatment-Related Toxicities for Patients with Nasopharyngeal Cancer: A Case-Match Control Study of Intensity-Modulated Proton Therapy and Intensity-Modulated Photon Therapy. 2015;2(1):19–28

7 Proton beam radiation therapy results in significantly reduced toxicity compared with intensity-modulated radiation therapy for head and neck tumors that require ipsilateral radiation Romesser P.B., Cahlon O., Scher E., Zhou Y., Berry S.L., Rybkin A., Sine K.M., (…), Lee N.Y. (2016) Radiotherapy and Oncology, 118 (2) , pp. 286-292.

8 Charged Particle Therapy for Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Malignancies: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Patel, S.H. et al. International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics, Volume 90, Issue 1, S542 – S543