Most cancers therapies are evolving dramatically in recent times, reaching vital enhancements within the well being and high quality of lifetime of most cancers sufferers. One of many final nice advances to reach in Spain has been proton remedy, a sort of superior radiation remedy that makes use of a high-energy beam of protons (subatomic particles with a optimistic electrical cost) to irradiate tumors.

Final December twenty sixth was one yr outdated of the primary remedy carried out in Spain with this method. It was carried out on the Quirónsalud Proton Remedy Middle in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), the primary of its traits in Spain each in private and non-private well being. “A historic advance within the combat towards most cancers because it permits us to supply an answer towards some tumors with out having to go away Spain as was the case earlier than,” in response to Dr. Raymond Miralbell, medical director of the Middle. Since then, 100 sufferers have been handled on this pioneering heart, 60% pediatric, affected by tumors of the central nervous system, head and neck space, and various kinds of sarcomas, amongst others.

Proton remedy is used primarily within the remedy of these cancers which can be troublesome to deal with, both due to its location or as a result of standard remedy choices (radiotherapy or chemotherapy) could contain dangers for the affected person. On this means, a proton beam is achieved that is still directed on the tumor with out radiating to close by tissues. “Particularly helpful in tumors that require excessive doses to be managed and are situated close to constructions or organs which can be extremely prone to radiation. In pediatric tumors it is crucial since it’s averted to irradiate in tissues which can be nonetheless creating and are very delicate ”, factors out Dr. Miralbell.

Moreover, he provides, “there are countless indications are being investigated at present, equivalent to the opportunity of defending the guts in sufferers with left breast most cancers when radiotherapy is critical ”. Briefly, in response to Dr. Miralbell, any affected person in whom a rise in radiation dose to the tumor is critical, or who wants a dose discount in vital organs across the tumor, is doubtlessly a candidate for proton remedy.

Most superior proton accelerator

Concerning expertise, Quirónsalud has put in in its Proton Remedy Middle a pc referred to as Proteus One, a system optimized for scientific therapies with the widest worldwide expertise. It’s based mostly on an accelerator from the cyclotron household adopted by 70% of the facilities that provide this remedy on the planet.

Specifically, Quironsalud’s synchrocyclotron is an energy-efficient mannequin utilizing cryogenics and is among the many most compact on the planet, provides the Dr. Alejandro Mazal, Head of Medical Physics on the Middle. Moreover, the acquired system is already tailored to evolve in the direction of the methods which can be being investigated for the close to future, equivalent to rotational remedy and really excessive depth irradiations, referred to as Flash. The power additionally has probably the most superior methods for taking pictures and a robotic system for affected person positioning, in addition to a dual-energy scanner for remedy planning.

Customized consideration, additionally throughout the pandemic

Regardless of the second of pandemic that we’re experiencing this yr, andhe Quirónsalud Proton Remedy Middle has maintained its exercise uninterruptedly, Additionally acquiring the certificates ‘Secure Covid-19 Protocol’ issued by Applus + after confirming that it meets probably the most demanding requirements to reduce the danger of contagion in its services. In truth, up to now they haven’t declared any optimistic circumstances.

“We’ve got managed to take care of the exercise with out interruption because of rigorous safety and management protocols to reduce the danger of contagion in our services. On this sense, the truth that we’re a extremely specialised monographic heart has performed a vital function, to which sufferers don’t attend for different pathologies equivalent to Covid-19“Stated Dr. Miralbell.