Frequently Asked Question about Proton beam Therapy
Q. Is it safe for kids?
The PBT treatment is best suited to children of all age groups considering its painless nature, less time consuming and better cure rate.
Q. How long it may last?
The PBT is delivered in less than 30 minutes, however, the preparation time takes 1-2 weeks as it involves accurate positioning.
Q. Is PBT covered by insurance?
Medicare services do cover PBT treatment, however, the coverage depends on case to case and place to place.
Q. What to expect before coming for PBT treatment?
The technical processing time does take time, do not hurry. Its accurate pre-treatment planning and positioning which would ascertain a higher cure rate. Regular and timely follow-ups cannot be ruled out.
Q. How to decide on a PBT centre?
A place that has a global footprint and is trusted to provide information and tools to research treatment options, prices and gets trusted opinions all in one go. The initial right choice about the place offering such options plays a very critical role if at the treatment is hassle-free and worth the money spent.
Q. What if the physician does not recommend PBT or may not even has it on his list of options?
PBT is the most refined form of radiation known for precision. There may not be a reason not to suggest PBT as an option. In all likelihood, they may not have access to this treatment. However, not considering may only result in not choosing the best just because it wasn’t advised at a certain place. A place that is well equipped and educated to know all the services and tools regarding a specific line of treatment may only be trusted.
Q. How many treatment sessions are required?
The type of cancer and its severity ascertains the number of these treatment sessions.
By and large, the PBT team administers the proton therapy in 1-5 proton beam treatments.
Q. When to expect the side effects to start showing up?
There is no specific time for the side effects to show up. Sometimes it surfaces in a few months or a few years. The risk involved in the side effects of a PBT treatment over the conventional treatment is less, however, may be permanent in nature.