Hackensack Meridian Children's Health Joins with ProCure NJ to Offer Advanced Proton Therapy for Cancer

Advanced Radiation Therapy Is Now Available for Patients at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health

Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health offers cancer patients proton therapy — the most technologically advanced method to deliver radiation treatments to cancerous tumors. Through a clinical affiliation with ProCure Proton Therapy Center (ProCure NJ) in Somerset, NJ, patients of all ages have access to cutting-edge radiation therapy technology that aims to minimize side effects.

Children receiving cancer treatment at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center also have access to proton therapy at ProCure NJ.

ProCure NJ was the first to bring proton therapy to the tri-state region and offers Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS), which uses an ultra-narrow proton beam that deposits a radiation dose more precisely within a tumor. This minimizes radiation exposure to healthy tissue and reduces the risk of side effects.

Proton therapy can be especially beneficial for children, who may experience more serious short- and long-term side effects from X-ray radiation than adults. Clinical studies suggest that proton therapy reduces the risk of growth and developmental problems, as well as secondary tumors. This method reduces exposure to radiation of nearby healthy tissues by more than 60 percent.

To discuss a patient referral please call 551-996-1880 or visit our website to learn more about pediatric oncology developments at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health.

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