Proton therapy, a form of radiation therapy especially advantageous for children, is offered at the 102,000-square-foot Scripps Proton Therapy Center in conjunction with Rady Children’s Hospital. Scripps is one of only 15 proton treatment centers in the country and the first to treat patients exclusively with highly accurate pencil-beam scanning. Golden Door supports this local commitment to children’s health and is participating in the Scripps fundraiser on May 7, 2015.
This treatment is especially important for children’s brain and central nervous system tumors, where conventional radiation can have terrible side effects, said Kathy Van Ness, general manager and chief operating officer of Golden Door. Rady Children’s Hospital serves as the brain cancer referral center for the entire western United States, so their program, in conjunction with Scripps, helps thousands of children and young adults.
Donald B. Kearns, M.D., acting president of Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, says that proton therapy is particularly effective in brain tumors to help avoid learning disabilities, reduced IQ scores and other potential lifelong side effects. Proton therapy, which draws on decades of research and development, also can reduce the long-term likelihood of new tumors caused by initial radiation treatments.