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Roberts Proton Therapy Center

About the Facility
What is Proton Therapy?
How Does Proton Therapy Work?
Targets for Proton Therapy
New Research
The Patient Experience
A Never-Ending Quest for New Knowledge
Future Collaborations


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Expanding New Research Frontiers

Listen to James Metz, MD, speak about The Future of Cancer Care

Apart from its primary mission of saving lives, the Roberts Proton Therapy Center has another purpose: improving the treatment of cancer and advancing medical science through research. Since proton therapy is still a relatively new technique, its true potential and promise have yet to be fully explored.

The Roberts Center will be at the forefront of those explorations, serving as a leader in the clinical trials that will provide new protocols to ultimately increase and enhance the effectiveness of proton therapy, and determine which cancers should be treated with protons versus conventional radiation.

Among questions our radiation oncology team will ask:

  • How can chemotherapy and proton therapy be combined in the most beneficial ways?
  • How can proton therapy be used to improve surgical outcomes and reduce radiation side effects?
  • Which types of cancers are the most appropriate for proton therapy, and why?

Each patient who comes to Penn Medicine will be asked to be part of this research as our clinicians pursue these important questions and work toward spreading their new knowledge to help patients across the world.


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