Head & Neck
Many critical structures are located in the head and neck area including the brain stem, spinal cord and salivary glands. When treating this area with high doses of radiation, significant side effects can occur including the inability to swallow and the loss of saliva production. Proton therapy can help reduce the risk of experiencing these side effects by limiting the radiation dose to these structures.
Description provided by The National Association for Proton Therapy (proton-therapy.org)