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Proton therapy of malignant tumour (program ID: 251489)

Rinecker Proton Cancer Therapy Center Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
9.5/10 from 19 Votes
Specialized hospital
Barbara Bachtiary

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Barbara Bachtiary

Specialized in: proton therapy

Department of Proton Therapy

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers
    • inflammation indicators
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • ultrasound
  • CT/MRI scan
  • proton therapy
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment via head doctor and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
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About the department

The Department of Proton Therapy at the Rinecker Proton Cancer Therapy Center Munich offers the comprehensive medical care for patients in this medical field. Proton therapy has significant clinical benefits in the treatment of tumors, significantly increasing the patient's chances of recovery. With the targeted direction of proton energy directly to the tumor, the total radiation dose for surrounding healthy tissues is reduced by at least 30% compared to x-ray irradiation of the same tumor. When conducting proton therapy, the most of the radiation energy is released directly in the tumor and acts only within its boundaries. This allows to increase the therapeutically effective dose of radiation and reliably suppress tumor cells. The department has at its disposal state-of-the-art equipment, which in combination with the high competence of doctors, guarantees excellent treatment results. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Barbara Bachtiary.

In case of proton therapy, the side effects of radiation can be significantly reduced. The radiation exposure can often affect the body so much that the patient requires hospitalization. On the contrary, the precise focusing of radiation during proton therapy avoids the death of healthy tissues and reduces the severity of intoxication by the decay products of the tumor. The proton irradiation can be synchronized with breathing, which avoids the displacement of the tumor during the procedure, further increasing its effectiveness and safety. Thus, the proton irradiation is relatively well tolerated, and, in most cases, it can be performed on an outpatient basis. In addition, in this case, the risk of developing secondary radiation-induced tumors after treatment can be significantly reduced.

The specialists of the department carry out proton therapy for many types of tumors. Due to the minimal impact on closely located healthy tissues, this type of therapy is carried out with the localization of tumors near vital organs. These include tumors near the spinal cord or brain stem, lung tumors, or cancer with multiple metastases. It also becomes possible to irradiate the retina (for example, in case of retinoblastoma) without damaging the optic nerve and closely located parts of the brain.

When conducting proton therapy, the duration of treatment can be significantly reduced. Since this type of therapy uses large single doses of radiation per procedure as compared to x-ray radiation, the course of treatment (the number of procedures) can be significantly reduced. This helps patients to tolerate treatment more comfortably, and also allows them to devote time to concomitant treatment and rehabilitation.

The department specializes in proton therapy for the treatment of such tumors:

  • Brain tumors, including pituitary tumors
  • Tumors of the cranial nerves
  • Skull base tumors, chordomas
  • Tumors of the organs of the oral cavity (tongue, tonsils, salivary glands)
  • Tumors of the sinuses of the skull (maxillary sinus, frontal sinus)
  • Laryngeal tumors
  • Lung tumors (non-small cell cancer, small cell cancer and others)
  • Pleural carcinoma
  • Lung metastases in tumors of other localizations
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Liver and biliary tract cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Uterine and ovarian cancer
  • In some cases – oncological lesions of the lymph nodes, lymphomas
  • Other tumors

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