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Lung

Like other cancers that occur in the chest area, there are many critical structures and organs that lie close to the lungs including adjacent healthy lung tissue. Because of the clinical advantages of proton therapy, radiation doses to critical organs such as the heart and healthy lung tissue can be limited, resulting in decreased lung complications such as radiation pneumonitis and heart disease.

 

Description provided by The National Association for Proton Therapy (proton-therapy.org)