"Protontherapy is the most precise external radiation therapy that protects healthy tissue as much as possible because it does not expose them unnecessarily to radiation".
DR. FELIPE CALVO MANUEL CODIRECTOR. RADIOTHERAPEUTIC ONCOLOGY DEPARTMENT
The Proton Therapy Unit at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra in Madrid location is the most advanced of its kind in Europe and the first to be located within a cancer center, with all the care, academic and research support this entails.
The Clínica’s Proton Therapy Unit features a Hitachi synchrotron. This technology can be found in 32 clinical and academic centers, including international reference centers in cancer treatment, such as the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Hokkaido University Hospital.
Proton therapy: a technique offering greater precision and lower toxicity. Proton therapy makes it possible to limit treatment to the region affected by the cancer without irradiation of the surrounding healthy tissue. As such, the treatment produces no adverse effects. It is particularly indicated for treatment of difficult-to-access tumors or cancers located near high-risk organs.
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Treating over 8,600 patients per year, the Cancer Center Universidad de Navarra has accumulated almost 60 years of experience at the forefront of personalized cancer medicine.
We are the first facility in Spain integrated within an inpatient cancer center, with extensive patient-care, academic and research support.
The Hitachi synchrotron, used in international reference hospitals in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, guarantees minimum irradiation times, great precision in tumor inactivation and the highest levels of safety and comfort for patients.
Our professionals are internationally renowned in cancer treatment, with extensive proton therapy training, and they have produced impressive scientific output in clinical and translational radiotherapy innovation.
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Indications for proton therapy to fight cancer
Proton therapy is most effective in treating cancer that is localized, particularly tumors that have not spread to other parts of the body. If the tumor has spread (metastasized), proton therapy may be an option depending on the number of metastases and other factors (oligometastatic or oligorecurrent disease).
Proton therapy is generally the preferred treatment for tumors that can be treated with external radiation therapy by virtue of being the form of treatment that best preserves healthy tissue and reduces adverse effects on growing structures.
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How does proton therapy work?
Proton therapy is the most precise form of external radiotherapy available, ensuring better distribution of the exact dosage (dosimetric precision) and therefore less irradiation of healthy tissues and lower risk of unnecessary radio-induced effects (secondary tumors).
Proton therapy is based on a different type of radiation compared to conventional radiotherapy. While radiotherapy is based on a high-energy beam of X-rays (photons), proton therapy uses a beam of high-energy accelerated particles (protons), which allows the radiation to be directed against the tumour in a more precise way.
Care and research project
Through the acquisition of this technology, the Clínica Universidad de Navarra has established a strategic alliance with Hitachi and joined the clinical and research associations that unite the different centers using this technology.
The Proton Therapy Unit has a synchrotron (the proton beam delivery system), two patient treatment rooms with 360-degree gantries, treatment-associated work areas and support facilities.
A “clean” accelerator
This equipment features a synchrotron as a particle accelerator: it is the most up-to-date accelerator, and it is significantly more energy-efficient than the cyclotron, as it produces less unwanted irradiation.
The dynamic scanning beam, or pencil beam scanning, scans the tumor. This enables enhanced dose–tumor conformity, maximizing the dose deposited in the tumor and minimizing the dose in healthy tissue.
Why choose the Clinic?
- Greater accessibility for patients from any location to access this treatment.
- Rapid and advanced technology for patient care.
- Our specialists of internationally renowned prestige in the application of this treatment.
Multidisciplinary work for the benefit of the patients
A professional team of renowned prestige, with accredited healthcare and research activity, and trained in the world's most specialised centres in proton therapy and synchrotron technology.
A reference center for proton therapy in Spain and Europe
The Clínica Universidad de Navarra has teamed up with Hitachi to offer, for the first time in Europe, this cutting-edge technology, which is already available in 27 leading international cancer treatment centers.
These include world-class teaching hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic (Rochester and Phoenix centers), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the MD Anderson Cancer Center in the United States and the Hokkaido University Hospital in Japan, among others.
In addition to the 18 centers located in Japan, Hitachi has nine other centers worldwide. Learn about some of these centers.
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