Proton therapy is an advanced form of precision cancer treatment, which may reduce unnecessary radiation dose to normal tissues while achieving tumour control. In some cases, patients treated with proton therapy may have fewer long-term side effects of radiation. This is why the value of proton therapy is being increasingly recognized across different disease sites.
Presently, Canada does not have a hospital-based proton therapy facility that can treat children or adults with cancer. As part of informing ongoing discussions regarding the value of proton therapy, we are offering a dosimetry consultation service for any Canadian radiation oncologist considering proton therapy for their pediatric or adult patients. For physicians who are interested in knowing whether there will be potential benefit in prescribing proton therapy over photon radiation therapy, our service will create a proton plan for any referred patient to provide a quantitative estimate of dosimetric benefit for evaluation and educational purposes.
This consultation service is not a part of the application and approval process for referring a patient for proton therapy in the United States. Applications to a patient's provincial ministry of health will be required as per usual.