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FAQs About Proton Therapy

If you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis, you’ll have many questions as you make decisions about treatment. The cancer specialists at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center are here to offer help, support and hope.

In these FAQs, we’ve answered the most common questions that our patients ask about proton therapy.

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To find out more about proton therapy and other cancer treatments at Penn Medicine, please call 800-789-7366 (PENN). You can also request an appointment online.

What is proton therapy?

What types of cancer can be treated with proton therapy?

How do I know if I am a candidate for proton therapy?

Can proton therapy be combined with other treatments for cancer?

Who treats patients with proton therapy?

Does Penn Medicine offer support services for people receiving proton therapy?

Is proton therapy approved by the U.S. FDA?

Does my health insurance cover proton therapy?

How long does proton therapy take?

What can I bring to a proton therapy session?

What are the side effects of proton therapy?

How long does proton radiation stay in my body?

Is proton therapy painful?

I'm interested in proton therapy in Philadelphia, but I’m not from the area. Are accommodations available?

Can children receive proton therapy?