Proton therapy in paediatric oncology: an Irish perspective

Proton therapy in paediatric oncology: an Irish perspective Ir J Med Sci (2017) 186:577–582 DOI 10.1007/s11845-016-1520-9 O R I G IN AL ARTI CL E 1,2 1,2 1,2 2 2 5,6 • • • • • • K. A. Lee C. O’Sullivan P. Daly J. Pears C. Owens B. Timmermann 7,8 3,4 9 2 • • • C. Ares S. E. Combs D. Indelicato M. Capra Received: 11 August 2016 / Accepted: 11 October 2016 / Published online: 15 October 2016 Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2016 Abstract Aims To: (1) produce a descriptive study of Irish children Background Proton therapy (PT) is a radiotherapy treat- referred abroad for PT, and (2) discuss the case for PT in ment modality that uses protons, rather than conventional general. photons. PT is often used in paediatric oncology due to its Methods A retrospective review of all children referred for reported capability to reduce acute and late adverse treat- PT before October 2015 was performed. Information was ment effects. As PT is unavailable in Ireland, patients are gathered regarding demographics, diagnosis, referral referred abroad for treatment. timeline, adverse effects attributable to PT, current status and cost. A review of the relevant literature was performed. Results Seventeen children treated in Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -) Springer Journals

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