Alliance aims for Aussie proton therapy

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Australia is one step closer to having its first proton therapy facility after an alliance was formed to bring the cancer treatment to Brisbane.

Australians now have to travel to the United States, Europe, Japan and China to receive proton therapy - the next generation of radiotherapy that is used for various forms of cancer in children and tumours of the eye and base of the skull.

Proton therapy: The new weapon of choice against cancer is coming to Australia

Friday, 19 September 2014

A CUTTING edge and life-saving treatment will be available to cancer sufferers giving fresh hope to children with brain cancer and other difficult to treat conditions such as pancreatic cancer.

Proton therapy — which delivers a precise amount of radiation directly and painlessly straight into tumours with minimal injury to surrounding organs — has until now only been available in the United States, Europe and parts of Asia.

Professor Michael Jackson from Prince of Wales Hospital, one of Australia’s foremost authorities on clinical proton therapy, said proton therapy offered so much more than conventional radiation treatment.

Alliance to bring leading cancer therapy to Australia

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Australian cancer patients are a step closer to receiving life-changing proton therapy treatment at home thanks to an alliance announced today between Proton Therapy Australia (PTA) and Mater Health Services, Brisbane – a leader in health, education and research.

Currently Australians – both children and adults – must travel to the United States, Europe and parts of Asia to receive proton therapy – which delivers radiation directly, painlessly and deeply into tumours, with minimal injury to surrounding healthy tissue. This reduces side-effects and keeps healthy tissue safe – which is a key difference between proton and conventional radiation therapy.


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