Treatment

Ion therapy, also known as particle therapy, is a unique form of radiation therapy. It uses charged particles for irradiation – at MedAustron, these particles are either protons or carbon ions.

The major difference between conventional radiation therapy and ion therapy is the fact that the reach of the ion beam can be precisely controlled by adjusting its energy. The maximum radiation dose can thus be focused exactly to the area of the tumor, thereby sparing surrounding healthy tissue and minimizing side effects. Ion therapy is especially useful in treating tumors near radiation-sensitive organs, like the brain, the spinal cord, the optic nerves, the lungs and the liver. For an overview of the cancer types treated at MedAustron, take a look here.

The treatment with protons or carbon ions takes several weeks and is performed on an out-patient basis.

Treatment process at MedAustron

Video Treatment Process

 

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