Proton therapy – from the benefits to the challenges for clinical implementation

Por Isabel Almeida (Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies, IST).

Abstract: Proton therapy is an emerging technique to treat cancer in the last decade. The clinical rational of proton therapy is the potential to decrease the levels of radiation given to healthy tissues, while keeping a very high dose conformity to the tumor. Moreover, with the increase of life expectancy worldwide and higher rate of cancer cases in children and young adults, there is the real need to reduce radiation induces side effects.