Proton Beam Therapy
Phoenix Children’s now offers Proton Beam Therapy through Mayo Clinic of Arizona. This program is the first of its type in the Southwest, and one of just a few in the United States. Through this affiliation, Phoenix Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the Southwest to offer proton beam therapy to its pediatric and young adult patients.
Advantages to Proton Beam Therapy
- Proton beam therapy, also known as pencil beam therapy, is beneficial because it delivers a precise, direct beam of therapy to the targeted area. Conventional radiation therapy treatment is not as precise, and causes exposure to other organs; proton beam therapy greatly reduces this risk by enabling direct delivery of radiation.
- Each therapy session is 30-45 minutes in length. Pediatric Anesthesia is available for those patients who require assistance during the treatment.
- Proton beam therapy can be used to treat even the most aggressive forms of cancers such as brain tumors, as well as sarcomas (malignant tumors).
- This therapy provides the lowest effective dose of radiation resulting in fewer side effects, and a reduced chance of radiation-induced secondary cancers.
About the Facility
Proton beam therapy is performed at the Mayo Clinic – Phoenix Campus under the leadership of Dr. Sameer Keole, medical director. Dr. Keole is credentialed at both Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children’s. The facility has four proton beam treatment rooms equipped with pencil beam scanning and large proton beam-generating synchrotrons.
Location: Mayo Clinic Building - Phoenix Campus
5881 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85054
In order to know if proton beam therapy is right for a patient, they must first consult with their Phoenix Children’s oncologist. If it is determined that the patient meets the requirements for treatment, a care coordinator in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will coordinate their treatment with Mayo Clinic directly.