Treatment process
    Initial consultation
  • During your first visit, a radiation oncologist will explain the treatment process. The oncologist will also perform a physical exam to assess the extent of your disease and your general physical condition.
    Simulation and imaging
  • The patient is positioned in a patient-specific immobilization device to ensure the patient is placed in the same position in each treatment session. The patients then undergo computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging to create a 3D reconstruction of the tumor and of the surrounding normal structures for proton therapy planning.
    Proton therapy planning
  • A physicist and a dosimetrist work together to prepare the treatment plan. The plan is then reviewed by a physician and subjected to quality assurance before finalization and implementation.
    Creating the aperture and compensator
  • During treatment, the proton beam must be ˇ°shaped,ˇ± in terms of its width and depth. This is done by making patient-specific apertures and compensators. The aperture shapes the proton beam to the exact contours of the tumor. The precise depth of treatment is controlled using a patient-specific compensator, a 3D focusing lens. After making these high-precision parts, we verify the suitability of the treatment plan.
    Daily treatment
  • Patients wear a hospital gown during each treatment. After entering the treatment room, the radiation therapist places the patient in the patient-specific immobilization device using marks derived from the initial images of the prostate and tumor. After positioning the patient on the treatment coach, the position is verified by a digital image positioning system to deliver the prescribed radiation dose to the tumor. After setting up equipment, the proton dose is delivered to the patient within 5 minutes. The total time required for each treatment is about 30-40 minutes. Patients must not move during treatment.
    After treatment
  • After completing the treatment course, the National Cancer Center provides each patient with a complete record of the treatment received and a referral report to assist follow-up monitoring once the patient returns home.
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