What protons make possible - Patients’ stories
Do you have cancer and need assurance that your proton therapy will be beneficial for you? At the Centre for Proton Therapy at PSI, hundreds of tumour patients are successfully treated every year. Here we highlight five of their stories. The gentle irradiation with protons makes it possible to destroy cancerous tissue even in particularly critical areas of the body – to the delight of the patients and their families.
How can you explain what proton therapy is to your family, your friends and acquaintances, or colleagues at work?
Ultimately proton therapy is just another form of radiation. You cannot see or feel it. A beam of proton particles enters the body and deposits all its radiation energy into the cancer cells. The DNA in the cancer cells gets destroyed, but the surrounding normal cells are spared. This is important to avoid side-effects, whether it is an adult or a child who needs radiation therapy.