Proton therapy also referred to as the proton beam therapy is a type of radiation therapy where protons are used to treat cancers in the body.The key to successful medical treatment is a prompt diagnosis of the ailment. Radiology is a medical specialty that makes use of diverse imaging procedures to diagnose a patient’s conditions. The radiological investigation is precise and helps doctors to locate the disease to pinpoint precision.
Radiologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating cancers in the proton therapy center. Some of the commonly used radiological procedures that aid in the diagnosis of even complex diseases are computed tomography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, Positron emission tomography, and ultrasound.
Pre-procedure precautions and preparations:
Before two weeks of the procedure, the doctor will advise on starting new medicines and stop the existing ones that might interfere with the success of the procedure. Doctors will also want the reports of blood tests, chest X-rays, ECG, and cardiac Doppler studies to plan for the procedure accordingly.
The cost of proton therapy is high as it is a lifesaving procedure. On the day of the procedure, the bowels will be cleared and the patient will be kept nil per oral from the previous night. The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia in an operation theatre. The diseased portion of the aorta is removed and is replaced with a graft. The entire procedure extends for about five hours.
Post-operative care and precautions:
The patient is observed in the Intensive care unit for one or two days after the surgery. All vital parameters will be observed and analgesics will be administered to manage pain. The length of hospital stay can be a few days to a week. During the postoperative period, the wound is cleaned, bower functions are restored, chest tubes will be removed and the doctor will intimate on when to remove the stitches.
The physiotherapy team will work on restoring the activity levels and patients mustn’t rush themselves for a speedy recovery. Some post-operative complications are bleeding, temporary abnormal heart rhythm, blurred vision, and problems with memory and concentration.
Tests to be performed before proton therapy:
- Echocardiogram: This test helps in capturing the image of the heart in motion with the help of a standard device. This helps the doctors to monitor the condition of the aorta closely.
- ECG: This helps to measure the electrical activity of the heart. It helps in detecting the enlarged heart chambers, heart disease, and abnormal rhythms of the heart.
- Chest X-ray: This helps in assessing the size of the heart. An enlarged heart is a sign of aortic regurgitation.
- Cardiac MRI: This test makes use of magnetic fields and radio waves to capture detailed pictures of the heart.
Our radiologist makes expert consultation and also refer our clients to a concerned specialist. They use minimally invasive techniques to deliver targeted treatments. We have the most comfortable, advanced, and ambient infrastructure and equipment to diagnose any ailment and are armed with some of the best professionals to start result-oriented treatment for our clients.