The Facts About Proton Technology

Recent Proton Therapy Studies and Links to Groups

Proton therapy has been used to treat cancer for more than 50 years. This technology has been FDA approved and covered by Medicare since 1991. Since that time, top physicians and medical institutions around the world have not only recommended proton therapy for many cancer types but also worked to bring this lifesaving treatment to their patients.

For example, physicians from the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Mayo Clinic reviewed numerous studies and wrote, “as a result of this exercise, the implementation of a charged particle therapy program became a top priority” (The Clinical Case for Proton Therapy).

This convergence of thought leaders is why it is one of APT’s goals to deliver trusted and effective proton therapy continues which continues to resonate with all who believe that everyone deserves the best healthcare available.


Peer Reviewed Studies on the Effectiveness of Proton Therapy


  • Randomized Trial Comparing Conventional-Dose With High-Dose Conformal Radiation Therapy in Early-Stage Adenocarcinoma of the Prostate
    • Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2010
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center: Quality of Life Studies for Prostate Patients Treated with Proton Therapy
    • Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), 2012



  • Economic Evaluation of Proton Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Breast Cancer
    • Radiotherapy and Oncology, 2005
  • The Clinical Case for Proton Therapy
    • Radiation Oncology Journal (The Mayo Clinic), 2012
  • Increased Risk of Heart Disease for Women Who Received X-ray Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
    • The New England Journal of Medicine, 2013



  • Feeding Tube Decrease in Oropharyngeal Carcinoma (OPC) Patients Treated with Proton Therapy
    • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), 2013



  • The Clinical Case for Proton Therapy
    • Radiation Oncology Journal (The Mayo Clinic), 2012
  • Cost-Effectiveness of Proton Therapy Compared to Photon Therapy in the Management of Pediatric Medulloblastoma
    • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), 2013
  • IQ Change within Three Years of Radiation Therapy in Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients Treated with Proton Beam Radiation Therapy versus Photon Radiation Therapy
    • The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine, 2013


Other Sources of Information


  • The National Association for Proton Therapy
  • Proton BOB, The Brotherhood of the Balloon (Prostate)
  • The Mesothelioma Center (Type of Lung Cancer)
  • Cancer Support Community


  • National Institutes of Health


  • Scripps Proton Therapy Center
  • Maryland Proton Treatment Center – Announcement 
  • Georgia Proton Treatment Center - Announcement
  • Dallas Proton Treatment Center- Announcement