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Proton therapy is an extremely precise form of radiation treatment.

Proton therapy utilizes positively charged subatomic particles to target and “paint” the radiation to match the size, shape, and depth of a target. Unlike traditional radiation, protons deliver no radiation beyond the target, sparing healthy tissues and organs and potentially reducing or avoiding the short- and long-term side effects of radiation, letting you resume your life sooner.

Advanced Technology

Emory Proton Therapy Center uses intensity-modulated pencil-beam scanning technology to shape the radiation to match the target, making it ideal for irregularly shaped tumors or those near sensitive areas. Each treatment room is outfitted with the latest technology, and the center utilizes advanced imaging techniques including MRI and cone-beam CT to more precisely localize tumors, align treatment, and monitor response.

Complete Cancer Therapy

As one of 36 proton centers in the country—and the only proton center in Georgia—our center is at the forefront of cancer research, innovation, and discovery. Our radiation oncologists, renowned disease-site specialists from Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, an NCI-designated cancer center, have the expertise and experience to determine the appropriate use of this advanced technology as part of a complete, personalized treatment plan.

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An internationally recognized center with active research and open clinical trials.

Emory Proton Therapy Center is an internationally recognized center with active research and open clinical trials. As an academic medical center at the forefront of cancer research and discovery, Winship is uniquely positioned to lead research and clinical trials in proton and other novel therapies. Winship completed the rigorous credentialing process for proton therapy in NCI-funded clinical trials, expanding the number of clinical trials in proton therapy available.

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Proton patients treated

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Proton Physicians

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Proton Clinical Trials

Holistic Treatment Approach

When treating our patients, our approach is holistic. From our Patient Experience team to our Dieticians, Social Workers, Child Life Specialists, Financial Navigators, and more, we work tirelessly to connect patients and their caregivers to the resources, classes, spiritual support, area attractions, transportation, and accommodations needed to care for their medical, social, and emotional needs.

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Centrally Located

The proton center is conveniently located within close proximity to eight major metropolitan healthcare systems, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, and more. To facilitate patients arriving from around the corner and across the nation, the Emory Proton Therapy Center is 10 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, served by mass transit, and just minutes from major highways.

Some Conditions We Treat

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Breast Cancer

Invasive ductal & lobular carcinoma, triple negative breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, recurrent, and more.

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Head & Neck

Carcinomas, congenital tumors, salivary tumors, tumors of the jaw, and more.

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Thoracic Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, thymoma, thymic carcinomas, lung metastases, and more.

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate adenocarcinoma, small cell carcinoma, prostate sarcomas, pelvic lymph node metastases, and more.

Patient Stories