Proton therapy is the most effective method of radiation therapy for cancer due to the unique physical properties of protons. The programmed release of the main amount of energy of particles at the stop allows precisely targeting tumor cells with radiation. Moreover, this minimizes healthy tissue damage along the beam pathway, which reduces the risk of side effects of ionizing radiation.
Why consider proton therapy for cancer treatment?
Proton beam therapy does not affect healthy tissues and organs between the transmitter and the target. Such an effect cannot be achieved with any other modern radiotherapy or radiosurgery.
The technique mastered by specialists at the proton therapy centers has another advantage: energy is released from the proton beam strictly at a given depth, layer by layer, exactly repeating the form of the tumor. This principle of radiation allows specialists to “bypass” vessels, nerves, organs, vital and functional centers near the neoplasm. At the same time, all tumor cells receive the sufficient dose for a complete cure of patients with certain types of tumors. After undergoing proton therapy for cancer, the survival rate is as high as 95%.
Indications for proton therapy
Proton beam therapy can be used to destroy any tumor that has a solid structure and clear contours. Proton beam therapy is especially valuable for the treatment of cancer patients with neoplasms that are close to important functional areas and/or surrounded by radiation-sensitive tissues.
Proton therapy in Europe is indicated for the following pathologies:
- Cancer of the head and neck
- Lung cancer
- Brain tumors
- Esophageal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Recurrent cancer, and other types of cancer
Proton therapy is used when it is difficult to deliver a sufficient radiation dose to malignant tissues, limiting the irradiation of healthy surrounding tissues to a safe range. In addition, proton therapy is performed successfully in the treatment of patients with lymphomas located in the most “hard-to-reach” regions – near the heart, esophagus, and lungs. Protons are also used in the treatment of cancer patients with inoperable sarcomas.
A separate and very important area of proton beam therapy is pediatric oncology. Children with neoplasms of the brain and spinal cord, intracranial germ cell tumors, neuroblastomas, Ewing sarcomas, osteosarcomas, and rhabdomyosarcomas, teratomas, and optic nerve tumors are often treated with proton therapy.
Proton beam therapy cost in Europe
The cost of proton therapy isn’t considered low and starts at several tens of thousands of euros. This is due to the high cost of the devices and the current rarity of the procedure. However, the cost-effectiveness ratio is fully justified.
The average cost of proton beam therapy for a malignant tumor amounts to 45,000 EUR. Here’s a list of prices of proton therapy for specific malignancies to give you an idea of how the prices vary:
- Proton therapy for brain cancer costs 45,000 EUR
- Proton therapy for liver cancer costs 44,560 EUR
- Proton therapy for breast cancer costs 44,526 EUR
- Proton therapy for esophageal cancer costs 44,625 EUR
- Proton therapy for pancreatic cancer costs 44,275 EUR
The prices, of course, vary depending on the country and the hospital (state, private, university, etc.). For more information about the prices and a specific proton beam therapy cost in Europe, visit the Booking Health website.
Undergoing proton therapy in Europe during a lockdown
The fact and the matter is that many European countries are currently in lockdown mode. This may seem like a huge obstacle towards entering Europe for treatment, but this is not the case.
People with life-threatening diagnoses, such as cancer, can enter Europe for treatment almost obstacle-free. However, all of the organizational questions remain and depending on the health condition, there might be no possibility or desire to deal with the bunch of such issues.
Luckily, company Booking Health exists that will organize every aspect of treatment for you without raising the prices. Booking Health will help you select a hospital that suits your needs, and will take over negotiation with the hospital considering the possibility, the date, and the cost of treatment.
If you are interested in a stress-free treatment in Europe, visit the Booking Health website, and fill in the request form so that a medical advisor could contact you.