Who we are
At Proton International London we deliver the effective and precise treatment to our lung cancer patients at our specialist proton beam therapy treatment centre at UCLH.Learn more
About proton beam therapy
An advanced form of radiation therapy with sub-millimetre accuracy on targeting tumours while minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissue.Learn more
Meet our lung cancer specialists
Our treatment is provided by globally recognised consultant oncologists in the treatment of lung cancer.Learn more
Here to help you
Our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have about our treatment for lung cancers.Learn more
At Proton International London, our highly experienced consultant radiation oncologists have an international reputation for providing the highest quality of care to patients with lung cancer. They provide a first-class comprehensive service which includes proton beam therapy.
At Proton International London, we specialise in delivering private proton beam therapy for lung cancer. Proton beam therapy is an exact form of radiation treatment that can be used to treat lung cancer. It is delivered using a beam of proton radiation made of positively charged particles that can be targeted to the tumour with high accuracy. This allows doctors to deliver a high dose of radiation to the tumour while minimising the exposure of surrounding healthy tissue.
Proton International London is the first private proton beam therapy centre in London. Proton International London has a team of experienced radiation oncologists, physicists and radiographers dedicated to providing the highest quality proton beam therapy care to patients with lung cancer.
About The Proton International London Centre for Lung Cancer
Proton beam therapy (PBT) is a cutting-edge radiation therapy offered at Proton International London, located at University College Hospital (UCH). Proton International is a global leader in proton beam therapy, with over 30 years of experience treating cancer patients.
Our experienced radiation oncologists work closely with the first-class clinical team of radiographers and physicists from University College Hospital (part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) to provide private patients with the highest quality proton beam therapy treatment and care. Our doctors have a strong interest in clinical research, and we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the effectiveness and safety of PBT.
Treating lung cancer with proton beam therapy
Proton beam therapy for lung cancer is a precise form of radiation therapy that can accurately target tumours. This allows delivery of a high dose of radiation to the tumour while minimising the exposure of surrounding healthy tissues including healthy parts of the lung containing the tumour, the unaffected second lung, the heart and oesophagus. This can lead to fewer acute and late side effects, such as oesophagitis and radiation-induced heart disease, and helps to preserve lung function.
PBT is an excellent option for some lung cancer patients seeking an effective treatment with reduced side effects. The availability of PBT as a treatment is very limited around the world. Despite its scarce availability, because it effectively treats certain cancers, including lung cancer, with reduced side effects, it should be considered as a treatment option for lung cancer patients.
The benefits of PBT for treating lung cancer
Proton beam therapy (PBT) is a form of targeted radiation therapy that uses high-energy protons to treat and destroy cancer cells in the lungs. It can deliver a high dose of radiation to the tumour while minimising the exposure of surrounding healthy tissue, which makes it a good option to be considered for lung cancer patients.
Here are some of the benefits of PBT for lung cancer:
– Precision: PBT can be precisely aimed and controlled to deliver a more targeted radiation dose to the tumour while minimising exposure to healthy lung tissue and nearby critical organs. This can help to reduce the risk of side effects, including radiation-induced heart disease and oesophagitis, and helps to preserve lung function.
– Effectiveness: Proton beam therapy treatment is effective in treating lung cancer, with similar outcomes to standard photon radiotherapy, but better sparing of normal tissues with reduced acute and late toxicity.
– Safety: PBT is a safe and well-tolerated treatment option with a low risk of severe side effects.
– Cost: PBT is more expensive than traditional radiation therapy, but the reduced risk of side effects may offset the cost.
– Studies suggest that PBT can result in equivalent outcomes for lung cancer to standard photon radiotherapy, with a lower risk to surrounding tissue.
Paying for your private proton beam therapy treatment
The treatment at Proton International London is available to insured and self-pay patients, both from the UK and abroad.
We have agreements with key medical insurance providers and can provide a range of payment options for patients who wish to self-pay. The cost of proton beam therapy will vary depending on the cancer site and the complexity of the treatment required.
Our team is available to discuss costs with you and to advise on payment options.
Helping lung cancer patients from overseas
At Proton International London, we warmly welcome patients from around the world.
Our friendly and experienced team are here to support our international patients through every step of their proton beam therapy journey.
We have a dedicated concierge team who can assist with all aspects of your care, including:
- Travel to Proton International London, including organising flights and visas
- Interpreters for all languages
- Accommodation for the duration of your stay
- Clinical/medical support
- Payment of treatment through insurance or sponsorship
We guide and support international patients through every stage of their proton beam therapy journey.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about using proton beam therapy to treat lung cancer, don’t hesitate to contact our team using the form below. We will get back to you as soon as we can.