I am a board-certified radiation oncologist who specializes in the use of proton therapy to treat tumors that are difficult to treat with traditional forms of radiation. Currently, this unique technology is available at only 12 centers in the United States. I, along with other radiation oncologists from Memorial Sloan Kettering, treat select patients with proton beam therapy at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that delivers high doses of radiation to radio-resistant tumors to improve long-term disease control. In addition, proton therapy minimizes the amount of radiation delivered to healthy tissues that lie in close proximity to tumors, thereby reducing the risk of treatment-related side effects. Proton therapy has been used for the treatment of prostate, pediatric, brain, eye, and skull base tumors for decades. Today, proton therapy is actively being investigated for lung, esophageal, liver, breast, and head and neck cancers, as well as sarcomas and lymphomas.