Programs & Services
Radiation Oncology Program
What is proton beam therapy?
Proton beam therapy — also known as pencil beam therapy — is more beneficial than conventional radiation therapy for treating cancers. It delivers a precise, direct beam to the targeted area.
How does proton beam therapy work?
- Each session lasts 30-45 minutes.
- The treatments take place at Mayo Clinic Arizona, 5881 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 85054.
- Proton beam therapy can treat even the most aggressive forms of cancers, like brain tumors, as well as sarcomas (malignant tumors).
- Proton beam therapy provides the lowest effective dose of radiation. This results in fewer side effects and a reduced chance of radiation-induced secondary cancers.
- In order to know if proton beam therapy is right for a patient, they must first consult with their Phoenix Children's oncologist. If a patient meets the requirements for treatment, one of our care coordinators will coordinate their treatment with Mayo Clinic directly.