Download podcast: http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/what-brain-tumors-are-best/id431848216?i=103765880 Proton therapy treatment for brain tumors is the best option for certain cases of brain tumors. Proton therapy causes fewer side effects than traditional radiation and major long term complications are avoided. Radiation is delivered as a proton beam directly to the brain tumor site, sparing healthy tissue. Proton therapy treatment should especially be considered if the affected area includes both the brain and spine (craniospinal). Paul Brown, M.D., Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, answers questions about brain tumors and proton therapy, including what brain tumors are best treated with proton therapy.
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