Is Ion Beam Therapy suitable for any kind of cancer?
Ion Beam Therapy helps patients with localized malign tumours – especially when the tumour is placed close to organs at risk (as the brain stem or the optical nerve) or the tumour can’t be irradiated with a sufficiently high dose with conventional radiation therapy. In those cases Ion Beam Therapy shows clear advantages compared to the conventional radiation therapy. A treatment with ion beams, however, is not sensible, if metastases have already formed.
Are there success stories for Ion Beam Therapy?
Ion Beam Therapy is a relatively young discipline. However, examples show very clearly that Ion Beam Therapy showed much better results for tumour entities, which could not have been successfully treated with conventional methods for treating cancer. Patients often have a significant better life expectance.
Can Ion Beam Therapy cure cancer?
As for cancer recurrent tumours can unfortunately never be excluded, medicine does not speak of cure but of tumour control. Ion Beam Therapy also is no panacea against cancer. However, treatment results show significantly better results for cancers, which survival rate was very poor until now.
Are patients already treated?
The first patient treatments started in December 2016. Since then, patients are treated with protons at MedAustron.
Can I be put on a waiting list for the treatment?
No, there is no such list. For more information on how to contact us regarding a treatment, please look here.
Is the treatment only meant for private patients?
No, treatment at MedAustron will be accessible for all patients, no matter if they are public health patients, or have an additional private insurance or pay the whole treatment themselves.
Will patients from abroad also be treated at MedAustron?
MedAustron’s capacity has been designed for 1,000 patients per year – after extensive evaluations of cancerous diseases in Austria. With that the medical coverage of Austrian patients, who primarily benefit from Ion Beam Therapy, is guaranteed. Dependent on the capacity of the center, MedAustron will also treat patients from abroad.
How long is a treatment and how often does the patient have to come for the treatment?
The duration of a single irradiation (fraction) is depending on the size and position of the tumour and can’t be generalized. One single daily irradiation unit can take up to 20 minutes. Depending on how many fractions are necessary to apply the complete dose, the treatment may take between three and seven weeks.
Does the patient feel the beam?
No, the treatment is absolutely pain-free. The beam is invisible, odor- and noiseless and you can’t feel it.
Is it necessary to be anesthetized for the treatment?
Basically the patient is fully awake during the treatment. Only in special cases as when children are treated some sort of sedation could be necessary.
Is research already being conducted?
Non-clinical research started operationally in the fall of 2016. Before that, extensive preparations had been taken for non-clinical and clinical research alike. The organization of non-clinical research activities is overseen by Mag. DI Dr. Thomas Schreiner. For more information, please look here.
Can an accident at MedAustron be a danger for the population (as with a nuclear power plant)?
No. MedAustron does not use so called radionuclides, so no atom types, which are radioactive. An „MCA“ (maximum credible accident) as is known from accidents in nuclear power plants can be completely precluded.
How many employees work for MedAustron and where to apply?
Currently are about 160 employees working at MedAustron – among them physicists, technicians, medical physicists, physicians and administrative staff. About 180 employees will work for MedAustron in full operation. Check out our job offers! Applications for these posts as well as initiative applications can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.