Physician & Patient Information
Currently in Europe, one person in three will contract a malignant tumor at some point in life, and one in five will die of cancer. Among the various treatment options, such as surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy represents a further important treatment modality, in which either X-rays or gamma rays (photon therapy) or particle beams (e. g. proton therapy) are used to destroy tumor cells. Also combinations of the different treatment options are frequently applied.
Patients from all over Europe have been treated successfully with protons over the last 30 years at PSI. A highly qualified team of radiation oncologists, medical physicists and further specialists take care of the patients.
Patients are selected for proton therapy based on the greater medical benefits they could gain in comparison to conventional therapies. Once a week our team holds a Tumor Board Meeting, where all potential cases are presented, and their indications for therapy at CPT are reviewed and discussed. When a patient is accepted for treatment by the Tumor Board, an invitation to the CPT for an informative conversation is issued.