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Proton beam therapy and brain tumours

Proton beam therapy and brain tumours (October 2019)

Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) is a highly specialised form of radiotherapy that is more targeted than conventional radiotherapy. This means it causes less damage to the healthy tissue of the brain and so causes fewer side-effects. However, PBT is only suitable for a few types of brain tumour and, in most cases, does not lead to better outcomes than conventional radiotherapy. This factsheet describes PBT and how does it compare to conventional radiotherapy, who can have it, what it involves and side-effects, and answers some commonly asked questions.

Author(s)
The Brain Tumour Charity
Place of publication
Farnborough, Hants
Date of publication
October 2019
Pages
24pp
Edition
Version 7
Format
Factsheet
Language
English
Flesch readability score
52.8
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