Dr. Steven Frank, medical director of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, reflects on the center’s past eight years and the progress that has been made in proton therapy.

Proton therapy is a form of external beam radiation that uses protons instead of photos (i.e., X-rays) to treat tumors. In eight years, we have treated more than 5,000 patients, can treat a variety of cancer types, and developed intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT), a type of treatment that delivers a precise dose of protons to tumors, making it ideal for treating tumors that are complicated or difficult to reach.


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