PROTON THERAPY CENTER - Treatment Step By Step

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Treatment Step By Step

Making an appointment

Patients can approach the center via our call center or contact form to set up an initial consultation.
Treatment plans are developed based on this consultation. Treatment is likely to be covered by health care providers for patients from EU member states.

Foreign patients from E.U. countries can ask for the reimbursement of the treatment under:

  • The S2 route (or E112) - direct arrangement between your insurance company and the state healthcare provider in the country of your choice. Prior approval is required.
  • The EU Directive on cross-border healthcare (or Article 56) - generally, you pay the costs of treatment abroad and then claim reimbursement from your health care provider when you return. Prior approval might be required.
     

Diagnostics

The treatment is preceded by imaging of the tumor/s using computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (PET/CT), as well as othern methods. A 3D digital image of the tumor as well as additional important anatomical structures surrounding the tumor is created. A treatment irradiation plan is established and this ensures that the required destructive dose of radiation arrives at the tumor area and damage the tumor cells while avoiding excess radiation exposure to the surrounding healthy organs and tissues.

Treatment plan

 

Treatment is provided on an outpatient basis - regular irradiation sessions (or 'fractions') are provided
without the need for hospitalization. Preparation of the patient prior to irradiation takes approximately 20
minutes; the irradiation process itself lasts about 2 minutes. The procedure is completely painless. Small children are usually irradiated under anesthesia. The treatment procedure is repeated according to the type and size of the tumor, with varying frequency. The overall treatment cycle takes on average about 2 – 8 weeks. Throughout the entire treatment process the patient's physician and other specialists involved are given regular progress updates (all members of the treatment team are regularly updated, even in the case of patients from abroad - via phone, email, teleconferencing, videoconferencing, etc.).

 

Firstly, as previouly mentioned, the patient is placed into an exact and reproducible position using various immobilization devices and then transported on a moving bed to the area of the treatment room (the gantry) using an automatic transport system. Before actual irradiation of the tumor, a custom-made mask is fitted to hold the patient's head in place. Immediately prior to irradiation, the patient’s position is checked (via Image Guided Radiotherapy) for final verification and adjustment.

Follow up

 

Our greatest satisfaction comes from a happy and healthy patient. Positive feedback and evidence of therapeutic results is crucial for the future of proton therapy and the future direction of oncology.

 

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