What makes us different?
Miami Cancer Institute combines personalized, compassionate care and advanced proton therapy technology to deliver a one-of-a-kind treatment experience. Our Proton Therapy Center offers the most advanced form of pencil beam scanning (PBS) technology available today in all three of our gantry-based, treatment rooms.
Using this PBS technology in conjunction with state-of-the-art volumetric and surface imaging technologies, we are able to maximize the delivery precision and accuracy of Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) treatments. With IBA’s latest generation proton delivery platform, we are the first and only center in the United States to bring each of these advances together – making this highly sophisticated cancer care easily accessible to our patients. Proton therapy precisely targets tumors and largely spares normal surrounding tissue, thus decreasing the patient’s risk of side effects.
Learn more about the benefits of proton therapy with pencil beam scanning precision. To request a proton therapy consultation, or to learn more about proton therapy, please call 786-596-2000 or fill out our online form. We will be happy to assist you.
Our Proton Therapy Experts
Miami Cancer Institute features a nationally and internationally recognized team of experts that knows how best to utilize proton therapy for each patient. Our team, who collectively have over 25 years of proton therapy experience, not only takes care of our patients under active treatment, but also are involved in cutting-edge clinical research that stands to improve the outcomes of cancer patients for years to come.
Meet our team of proton therapy experts.
Cancers We Treat
The following diseases are treated with proton therapy at Miami Cancer Institute. Although some patients will benefit from this treatment more than others, you’re welcome to request a consultation with one of our experts to find out if proton therapy is right for you.
- Base-of-skull tumors
- Brain tumors
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Liver cancer Lung cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Paraspinal tumors
- Pediatric cancers
- Prostate cancer
- Spinal cord tumors
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
As Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute shares in delivering the highest quality standards of care with one of the nation’s top cancer centers. This deep and meaningful partnership also provides opportunities to access Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s clinical trials, right here in South Florida.
Learn more about Miami Cancer Institute’s alliance with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
What is Proton Therapy?
About Proton Therapy Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses high-energy protons to treat tumors. Unlike traditional radiation therapy, which uses X-rays, proton therapy uses streams of particles called protons to deliver the radiation dose to the cancer cells. Because protons completely stop inside the tumor, the specific radiation dose is delivered solely to the tumor without injuring the surrounding healthy tissue.
Difference From Traditional Photon Radiation Therapy
Many people are familiar with the more common type of radiation therapy called photon therapy, which uses X-rays to deliver the radiation dose to the tumor. Both photon therapy and proton therapy kill cancer cells by depositing dose in the cancer cells that are within the tumor.
In standard photon treatments, X-rays pass through healthy tissues and organs on the way in and out of the body, delivering dose to unnecessary organs. Since the superior physical properties of protons make it possible for them to stop within the tumor, proton therapy is able to generate very precise, 3D dose distributions that conform to the shape of the tumor and reduce the amount of radiation exposure to normal tissue. Learn more about if proton therapy is right for you.
How does Proton Therapy Work?
Benefits of Proton Therapy with Pencil Beam Scanning Precision
Our Proton Therapy Center treats with the most advanced and highly precise form of proton therapy available. Like a 3D printer, small ͞pencil beams of protons are delivered to the tumor, one layer at a time, until the entire tumor is treated. Pencil beam scanning allows for more complex shaping of the radiation dose to conform to the shape of the tumor as compared to older proton technology. This advanced technology results in reduced dose to surrounding normal tissue adjacent to the tumor.
How Pencil Bean Scanning Works
Advantages of Using Proton Therapy For Children
If your family is facing childhood cancer, proton therapy offers a new measure of hope for effectiveness and gentleness. Proton therapy’s ability to minimize unwanted side effects make it ideal for pediatric cancers requiring radiotherapy treatment.
Proton therapy’s precise dose distributions offer a significant advantage over photon radiotherapy. Because of the reduced radiation exposure possible with proton therapy, children will benefit from reduced clinical side effects during and shortly after treatment as well as a decrease in the development of long-term side effects.
Using Proton Therapy With Other Treatments
Depending on your specific cancer type and other factors, proton therapy may be used in combination with traditional radiation, chemotherapy and/or with surgery. Our team of cancer experts will work together to recommend the very best treatment based on your specific type of cancer and its location as well as your individual needs.
Availability of Proton Therapy in the U.S
Currently, the number of facilities offering proton therapy is limited because the equipment is expensive. Facilities typically have highly specialized equipment such as a particle accelerator and beamline which reside in a large, specially shielded building. In addition, proton therapy requires a team of specially trained scientists, physicians and engineers to keep it maintained and operating properly.
Despite the cost, Miami Cancer Institute chose to invest in proton beam therapy due to the numerous benefits it offers to patients. We believe that this next-generation of advanced cancer care may likely become the new standard for cancer treatments and that it will become more widely available in the future.
Request A Consultation
We invite you to learn more about treatment options for you or your loved one through a consultation with our experts. Please call 786-596-2000 or fill out our online form and our team will be happy to assist you.
Learn More about Proton Therapy
To learn more about proton therapy, please view the following information provided by The National Association for Proton Therapy.
Is it right for me?
Is Proton Therapy Right For You?
Even if you have been told that you are a good candidate for traditional radiation therapy, proton therapy may be an option.
Your medical team will provide information about whether you are a good candidate for proton therapy after evaluating your specific needs. We will consider factors like your type of cancer, its location and your physical well- being. Your team of cancer experts at Miami Cancer Institute may also recommend other treatments in conjunction with proton therapy.
While the benefits of proton therapy are numerous, it may not be the best treatment for your specific type of cancer, and a different course of treatment may be recommended. With all of the most advanced treatment technologies available at Miami Cancer Institute, rest assured your team will fully discuss these recommendations with you so you can feel confident in making the best treatment choice.
If you would like to request a consultation, please call 786-596-2000 or fill out our online form. and our team will be happy to help you.
Delivering More Precise Treatments
One of the advantages of proton therapy is the ability to minimize radiation exposure to healthy tissue. This is accomplished by selecting proton energies that stop only in the tumor and by using pencil-beam scanning (PBS) technology. We are the only Proton Therapy Center in South Florida with PBS technology, which brings a new level of precision in dose delivery to the tumor. The narrow (pencil) proton beam is magnetically steered to paint the entire tumor with radiation using a layer by layer approach—similar to a 3D printer.
Our physicists and dosimetrists are able to shape the treatment beam to match the specific shape of your tumor while avoiding healthy tissues. This makes treatment more effective and efficient, with the potential for fewer clinical side effects and shorter overall treatment time.
Your Proton Therapy Experience
At Miami Cancer Institute, we believe that every patient deserves exceptional care – with the best possible treatment options and the highest level of compassion. Our expert team and state-of-the-art technology are combined under one roof, so your treatment is more convenient and less disruptive to your life.
Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted by our staff who will tend to every aspect of your treatment with skill and kindness.
Our patients actually helped with the design of our facility and beautiful outdoor spaces. The result is an environment that promotes healing: a tranquil setting filled with natural light that radiates comfort. The three treatment rooms at the Proton Therapy Center, each equipped with pencil-beam scanning, were designed with soft lighting, ample privacy and comfortable amenities to enhance your treatment experience.
Proton Therapy Treatments
Typically, you will receive proton therapy as an outpatient with no overnight hospital stay required. The number of treatment sessions will vary based upon your type and stage of cancer.
The first step will be developing your individual treatment plan based upon specialized CT or MRI scans. You’ll be placed on a treatment table in the same position that you will receive treatment. Your treatment team will then determine the amount of radiation to deliver over a certain period of time. Generally, when patients have proton therapy treatments, they come to the center several times a week over a period of multiple weeks.
When it’s time for treatment, you will be placed on a table and x-rays will be taken to make sure you are properly positioned. We will also use some form of immobilization to make sure you don’t move during treatment – proton therapy is that accurate. Each treatment session generally takes from 10 to 15 minutes, and you will not feel the proton radiation as it is administered. You may be repositioned several times and the process repeated.
Our staff closely monitors your treatment, and you will be able to communicate with them the entire time your therapy is taking place. Rarely do patients require anesthesia during treatment, although sedatives may be given to younger children so they can remain completely still during their session. Usually, patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment.
Proactive Approach to Managing Side Effects
At Miami Cancer Institute, we understand your concern about how cancer treatments may affect your day-to-day life. We help you understand what to expect during each phase of your treatment and our team takes a proactive approach to managing any side effects.
Our specially trained radiation oncologists and physicists understand how to optimize proton technology to increase the dose to your tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding healthy tissue. This shortens your treatments while improving the impact of the dose. In fact, with proton therapy, the dose may be increased beyond what traditional radiation will allow. But because normal tissue is spared, there are fewer side effects and a better quality of life.
For Out of Town Patients
Many patients who come to Miami Cancer Institute for our specialized cancer care are from outside of the South Florida area. Currently, the new Hilton Miami/Dadeland hotel is under construction on the Baptist Hospital campus near the Institute. The full-service, 184-room facility is scheduled to open in late 2018, providing patients and their families with a convenient on-campus hotel offering easy access to our services. In the meantime, our staff can recommend nearby hotels, help you find accommodations and make other recommendations to make your stay more pleasant.
If you've been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs, or would like a referral to our program, please call: