Secretary of Health care Bruno Bruins opened the proton centre of the UMCG Friday June 8. In the centre cancer patients are treated with a relatively new for of cancer treatment. The used proton beam causes less damage in healthy tissue than the more common foton beam. There are also less complications with proton therapy than treatment with chemo.
And that is exactly the advantage of the new therapy, says Hans Langendijk, head of radio therapy at the UMCG in the NOS Radio 1 Journal. "What we try to do with proton therapy is retain the chances of curement the same or to enlarge it even a little. But the biggest advantage is to be found in the prevention of complications."
Children have extra benefits from proton therapy. They are still growing and therefore it is paramount for them to avoid damage. in healthy tissue.
Source article: nos.nl and oogtv.nl
Source photo opening: RTV Noord