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1. Prostates and Protons

This diagram from the University of Florida Proton Therapy Center shows a typical layout of three gantry treatment rooms designed for administering proton beam therapy. Protons extracted from hydrogen atoms get injected into the cyclotron to be accelerated and then focused, scanned, and directed toward the target (cancer). Note the size of the patient compared to the enormous gantry. This graphic gives some indication of the complexity of this technology.

Yet, almost all of the hardware lies hidden behind the scenes, out of sight and awareness of the patient (see treatment room gantry below). Just as you can drive a car without knowing the workings of the internal combustion engine, you can receive proton therapy without understanding the underlying physics. That being said, I find it all very fascinating, and so I go into some detail explaining it in this book.






Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is where I was treated for prostate cancer with proton therapy in September and October of 2016.





You may also be interested in our list of proton centers around the United States, found at:

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