Rady Children’s Proton Therapy Program
9730 Summers Ridge Road, San Diego, CA 92121
Rady Children’s has partnered with Scripps Health to offer proton therapy for pediatric cancers and non-cancerous tumors. This highly advanced therapy is provided at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, the only proton beam center in San Diego and just one of five west of the Rockies.
Rady Children’s is the only program in California providing the most advanced proton therapy for pediatric brain and central nervous system tumors. Pediatric patients, both here in San Diego and referred from out of the area, are followed by our Neuro-Oncology team during their treatment.
Treatment is provided by the Proton Therapy team, which includes Andrew L. Chang, M.D., a pediatric radiation oncologist and chief of pediatric proton beam therapy, certified pediatric oncology nurses, radiation therapists, medical dosimetrists, medical physicists and pediatric anesthesiologists.
Advantages for Children
Proton therapy has been successfully used with children for more than 20 years. It is considered the ideal form of radiation for pediatric patients, as it provides a more precise approach to destroying certain tumors and cancers compared to conventional X-ray radiation. See the tumors and cancers treated here.
The therapy involves the use of a controlled beam of protons to target tumors with control and precision unavailable in other radiation therapies. At the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, this therapy can be delivered even more accurately with pencil beam technology. The targeted delivery of proton energy limits damage to healthy surrounding tissue and allows for a more potent and effective dose of radiation to be used.
Less damage to the healthy surrounding tissue is especially important for children, as it means less damage to growing organs, such as the brain, heart and lungs. As a result, long-term complications associated with X-ray therapy are significantly reduced as well, such as growth and hormonal deficiencies and the risk of secondary cancers later in life.
The 102,000-square-foot Scripps Proton Therapy Center has the capacity to treat approximately 2,400 pediatric and adult patients annually.
In the News
- Scripps and Proton Center Part Ways, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features patient Natalie Wright.
- Proton Therapy, Whales Give Holstein Girl Hope, Hastings Tribune, features Andrew Chang, M.D., and patient Izabella Voelker.
- Progress in Fighting Childhood Brain Tumors, kusi.com, features Andrew Chang, M.D.
- 12-Year-Old Finishes Proton Treatment for Rare Brain Tumor, nbcsandiego.com
- Courage Through Cancer: The San Diego Union-Tribune
- New Survey Shows 36% Increase in Pediatric Patients Treated with Proton Therapy, Medical Xpress, features Andrew Chang, M.D.
- Phoenix Mayo Clinic Proton Therapy Center to Open in March, The Republic, features Andrew Chang, M.D.
- Scripps Reports Results at First All-Pencil-Beam Proton Center in US, Medical Xpress,
- Strong Willed, U-T San Diego
- Proton Therapy Offers Beam of Hope, Sandiego6.com
- Proton Therapy is Final Step in Amazing Recovery, Virtualstrategymagazine.com
- 5-Year-Old Brain Cancer Patient to Start Kindergarten After Proton Therapy, Digitaljournal.com
- Teen Hopes Proton Therapy Puts an End to Her Tumor, U-T San Diego
Video: First pediatric patient receives proton therapy
To find out if proton therapy is right for your child, fill out this form or call 800-788-9029.