Radiotherapy – Proton Therapy

Radiotherapy is one of primary methods of cancer treatment used in up to 60% of all cancers. Unlike chemotherapy which is perceived by many as a “treatment with chemical poison”, radiotherapy inspires not as much fear. It is gentler to the human body and according to statistics (depending on a type of tumour) even more effective – in almost 30% of cases, radiotherapy as the only method of treatment can eliminate cancer. However, it is more often complemented by chemotherapy (due to potential metastases) and performed prior to and after a surgical intervention.

Radiotherapy is based on repeatedly conducted radiation of tumours sensitive to ionising radiation, it is commonly applied for prostate, breast or colorectal carcinomas and metastases to lymph nodes and bones. Radiation uses beams of accelerated electrons and photons that are specifically targeted and cause irreversible changes to cancer cells leading to their destruction. Unfortunately, radiation affects and damages even healthy radiation-sensitive cells, thus having a negative impact on their function (brain, spinal cord or lung cells). As the rays travel through tissues they lose energy, so only a part of emitted radiation reaches the tumour itself.

Currently new options are tested that would increase harmful radiation to cancer cells even more so – by injecting particles of gold into glucose which is the most important nutrition of cancer cells, and thereby increasing tumour sensitivity to radiation. Higher effectiveness of radiation was observed in a so called complementary therapy using curcumin, melatonin and other substances. Principles of their action on radiation effects remain under investigations.

Radiotherapy is applied in 2 ways:

  • External radiotherapy is the most common method used to irradiate tumour from outside the body through skin.
  • In internal radiotherapy the source of irradiation targets tumours directly as internally applied radioisotope, thereby increasing the intensity of radiation while saving surrounding tissues. This method is less common; it is limited and used primarily in treatments of hollow organs such as uterus, or inoperable tumours.

A novel method in cancer treatments using radiation is proton therapy which reaches higher effectiveness while causing less damage to healthy tissues. It uses the physical properties of protons and their greater penetration through tissues (over 200 MeV = megaelectron volt). As opposed to standard radiotherapy it can change the direction and tilt of radiation, thereby protecting organs near the tumour. Due to a lesser damage to healthy tissues, its ability to eliminate irradiation to nearby organs, and higher intensity of radiation absorbed by the tumour (up to 80% of energy), radiation by protons reduces the risk of potential complications, accelerates recovery, and thus increases the quality of life. Currently, proton therapy is covered by most insurance companies.

How does Penoxal help in oncological treatment?

A strong immune system can deal with cancer cells well and it destroys them; however, sometimes it needs help. PENOXAL stimulates the immune system and it helps to optimise its activity, which manifests effectively enough to fight cancer cells. The product may be taken during radiotherapy and chemotherapy as it helps to overcome some of its adverse effects. Moreover, it improves the function of digestive tract, liver, kidneys and other organs that are under a great stress during cancer treatments; in this way it enhances a healthy body functioning and an overall well-being. M.D. Anna GalambosPharm.Dr. Thomas Arndt and other doctors confirm in their statements about Penoxal that it is suitable food supplement to complement cancer treatments. Find out more about Penoxal users experience HERE.

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