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Live well while you get well with Penn Proton Therapy

The Penn Proton Therapy Difference

Proton therapy treats prostate cancer with external beam radiotherapy that directs protons directly at a tumor. The radiation dose involved is very precise, which limits the exposure of radiation to surrounding areas. This enables a greater dose of radiation to be delivered to tumors without affecting healthy tissues.

As a Penn Proton patient you receive all the cutting-edge benefits of proton therapy, including:

  • Reduced likelihood of impotence or incontinence
  • Fewer side effects, including less illness and fatigue
  • Treatment for just one hour a day for 6-8 weeks
  • High effectiveness of killing cancerous tumors without damaging surrounding tissues
  • Shorter, simpler recovery

Penn Medicine's Unqiue Approach to Proton Therapy Yet, as the leader in proton therapy, only Penn Medicine enhances your treatment with these distinctive benefits:

Unrivaled technology

Our Roberts Proton Therapy Center is one of the largest, most advanced facilities in the world.

Seamless care

We offer radiation oncology and a full range of cancer services under one roof at the Abramson Cancer Center.

More options

Through our integrated approach, we're able to provide more treatment choices.

Recognized excellence

We've been ranked the region's #1 cancer program by US News & World Report.

Clarity and simplicity

We take the confusion out of cancer with a strong community of alumni mentors, patients and experts who can help guide you every step of the way.

Personalized care

See all your doctors and get all your opinions in one location, then leave with your customized treatment plan.


We are home to the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, the largest and most advanced facility of its kind in the world, offering the most precise way to treat prostate cancer today.

Our patients speak.

Hear from one of our patients who has experienced the Penn Proton Therapy difference.

Understanding proton therapy.

These videos will help you learn more about the technology behind the treatment.

Hear from...

  • Neha Vapiwala, MD, talks about the benefits of proton beam therapy and the value of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

  • Get an inside look at The Roberts Proton Therapy Center at Penn Medicine, and learn more about this highly-targeted form of therapy.

  • Image Preview of Video: Neha Vapiwala, MD
  • Image Preview of Video: Diagnosis

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