Webinar on Proton Therapy for Childhood Cancers

Sponsored by MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center

Webinar Date: April 25, 2012
11 am PST / 1 pm CST / 2 pm EST


Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation used to treat many types of cancer, including childhood tumors. The ability to precisely target tumors makes proton therapy ideal for treating many types of tumors in children, because it limits the radiation exposure to healthy tissues, which can reduce the risk of short- and long-term side effects. This ability to target the tumor is especially important for children because their growing and developing bodies are especially sensitive to the effects of radiation.

Want to learn more about proton therapy? Please plan to join us for a 45-minute webinar, where Dr. Anita Mahajan, Medical Director of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center will provide an overview of radiation therapy and how it’s used to treat childhood cancer, its limitations and possible side effects. She will offer in-depth information about proton therapy, including the physics and science behind this emerging treatment, as well as how it can benefit children with cancer.

She will also discuss:

  • Types of childhood cancers treated with proton therapy
  • Advances in proton therapy, such as pencil-beam scanning proton therapy, and how it is applied to pediatric cancer
  • MD Anderson's extensive experience with treating childhood cancer with proton therapy
  • What the future holds for proton therapy

Dr. Mahajan will be available for Q&A following her presentation.

Anita Mahajan, M.D.

Medical Director, MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center
Director, Pediatric Radiation Oncology
Co-Section Head of Pediatric and CNS Radiation Oncology
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


After receiving proton therapy for a brain tumor nearly five years ago, Matthew is doing great. He is my hero.

-Denise Rager
Mother of Matthew Rager, Childhood Cancer Survivor


Click HERE to view Matthew’s story (pictured right)

Click HERE to view survivor stories.

Click HERE to view the types of childhood cancers MD Anderson treats with proton therapy.


To learn more about proton therapy, visit MDAndersonProton.com