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.
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.
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.
Proton patients treated
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.
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
Invasive ductal & lobular carcinoma, triple negative breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, recurrent, and more.
Head & Neck
Carcinomas, congenital tumors, salivary tumors, tumors of the jaw, and more.
Non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, thymoma, thymic carcinomas, lung metastases, and more.
Prostate adenocarcinoma, small cell carcinoma, prostate sarcomas, pelvic lymph node metastases, and more.
Stephen, a 36-year old father from Columbus, Georgia, is one of the almost 2000 patients who have been treated at the Emory Proton Therapy Center since it opened in December 2018. He completed six weeks of proton therapy to treat a brain tumor.
Dusty was diagnosed with prostate cancer, an uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland. Upon further consultation and research, he was treated with proton therapy and is excited to see an advanced form of radiation therapy is available at the Emory Proton Therapy Center.
Proton therapy gave Zack his best shot at treating a spinal tumor that had come back. Zack was one of the first patients treated at the Emory Proton Therapy Center after it opened in 2018. The treatments, every weekday for six weeks, took less than one hour of his day and gave Zack the greatest odds of a long life with his wife and children.
Jill was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and referred to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She needed surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. A team of Winship experts worked together to coordinate her care, including proton therapy at the Emory Proton Therapy Center. Jill credits her care team for having the expertise and the necessary tools to give her the best cancer care possible.
Tony was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019 and sought care from experts at Emory Proton Therapy Center. He’s confident that the advanced radiation therapy gave him the best cancer treatment possible and says the comfort and care he got from Winship doctors and staff were unmatched. “There were many great solutions here in Atlanta, but the best to me was Emory Proton Therapy Center,” says Tony.