Treating Cancer with Proton Therapy
Cancer is the number 1 killer in Singapore. 1 in 3 Singaporeans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. These are some sobering statistics from the Ministry of Health.
The new National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) building, slated for completion in 2022, will house a comprehensive Therapy Centre named the Goh Cheng Liang Proton Therapy Centre. The centre will be fully integrated with a proton therapy system by Hitachi.
Proton therapy is a cutting-edge cancer treatment that reduces side effects commonly found in conventional radiotherapy. The system works by sending protons to the site of the tumour, where they release their energy. The healthy cells in front of the tumour get a low dose of radiation, and the ones behind it are not exposed at all.