Traditional therapy uses X-rays to deliver radiation to everything in its path. This means that healthy tissues near the tumour can also be damaged.
While most adults can absorb such radiation and their bodies can repair the damage, there may be additional risk if the exposure is near a vital organ, such as the heart or brain. It is also not ideal for children as their bodies are still developing, and exposure to radiation may lead to conditions such as hearing and vision loss, heart diseases, or secondary cancers.
It uses beams of energy, powered by protons, to deliver radiation directly to the tumour. Almost no energy travels beyond the tumour, sparing the surrounding healthy tissue from harmful rays. Additionally, proton beams can be more precisely controlled compared to X-rays, allowing specialists to safely deliver higher doses of radiation to tumours.
We are one of the earliest private hospitals in Southeast Asia to introduce proton beam therapy, the new type of radiation therapy that uses protons instead of X-rays to treat advanced cancer.
Through advanced procedures such as this, we have helped patients broaden their treatment options, with the goal of minimising the side effects of cancer treatment and increasing survival outcomes.
At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, our skilled and compassionate cancer care teams, doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals are supported by cutting-edge technology and modern facilities to ensure our patients receive the full spectrum of care.
In addition, our Mount Elizabeth Proton Therapy Centre is equipped with: