University of Cincinnati researchers are seeking participants in a local clinical trial to determine how the use of proton radiotherapy can be used for patients with early stage breast cancer. The team is seeking to understand the “effectiveness and cosmetic outcome of utilizing pencil bream scanning proton therapy for patient breast irradiation in patients with early stage cancer,” reports Teresa Meier, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
What is Proton Radiotherapy?
It is a form of radiation treatment used for certain types of cancers and lymphomas. A major advantage over traditional forms of radiotherapy is its ability to delivery radiation to a tremor with remarkable precision, sparing healthy tissues.
The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/UC Health Proton Therapy Center is the only facility of its kind locally and only one of about 29 in the country.
A Unique Study
This University of Cincinnati investigator-initiated trial is unique nationally and will hopefully shed light on ways proton therapy can be used to further combat cancer and possibly spare patients from some of the associated side effects.
Teresa Meier, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology