Proton Therapy

Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in the Delaware Valley and Florida

Proton Therapy Locations

 
Orlando, Fla.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441


The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando currently refers patients to our Jacksonville, Fla., location for proton therapy treatment for childhood cancers.

Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville works in collaboration with the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute of Jacksonville (the very first proton therapy center in the Southeast) and Wolfson Children’s Hospital to treat childhood cancers.

The nonprofit University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville has successfully treated the most pediatric patients (from infants to adolescents) in the nation, and is a proton therapy treatment destination for patients and families from across the globe.

Pediatric Proton Therapy Highlights

Our proton therapy program highlights include:

  • advanced state-of-the-art pediatric proton therapy technologies
  • care managed by pediatric radiation oncologists who participate in our cancer meetings
  • dedicated pediatric proton therapy care team
  • compassionate nurse coordinators and social workers provide treatment
  • education, tips to manage side effects and resources for your child and family
  • standard of care and clinical trial participation as part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) (the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research)
For Our Out-of-Town Families

If your child is receiving other types of cancer treatments in addition to proton therapy, Nemours works together with your cancer care team at home to keep everything on track while you’re with us. We’ll also help your family find nearby accommodations, such as a Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville facility, short-term housing or hotel reservations so you can be there every step of the way.

Support Services for Your Family

Nemours provides an array of support services to help your child and family throughout the entire journey. Our supportive care begins on the very first day we meet, and continues beyond treatment because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 

  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • support groups
  • survivorship programs
  • Child Life services

Learn More About All of Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Facilities and Services in Orlando »

 
Jacksonville, Fla.

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3789

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville has a very closely integrated proton therapy program with the  University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute of Jacksonville (the very first proton therapy center in the Southeast) and Wolfson Children’s Hospital to treat childhood cancers.

The nonprofit University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville has successfully treated the most pediatric patients (from infants to adolescents) in the nation, and is a proton therapy treatment destination for patients and families from across the globe.

Pediatric Proton Therapy Highlights

Our proton therapy program highlights include:

  • advanced state-of-the-art pediatric proton therapy technologies
  • care managed by pediatric radiation oncologists who participate in our cancer meetings
  • dedicated pediatric proton therapy care team
  • compassionate nurse coordinators and social workers provide treatment
  • education, tips to manage side effects and resources for your child and family
  • standard of care and clinical trial participation as part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) (the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research)
For Our Out-of-Town Families

If your child is receiving other types of cancer treatments in addition to proton therapy, Nemours works together with your cancer care team at home to keep everything on track while you’re with us. We’ll also help your family find nearby accommodations, such as a Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville facility, short-term housing or hotel reservations so you can be there every step of the way.

Support Services for Your Family

Nemours provides an array of support services to help your child and family throughout the entire journey. Our supportive care begins on the very first day we meet, and continues beyond treatment because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 

  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • support groups
  • survivorship programs
  • Child Life services

Learn More About All of Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Facilities and Services in Jacksonville »

 
Pensacola, Fla.

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Pensacola

5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4790

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola currently refers patients to our Jacksonville, Fla. location for proton therapy treatment for childhood cancers.  

Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola works in collaboration with the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute of Jacksonville (the very first proton therapy center in the Southeast) and Wolfson Children’s Hospital to treat childhood cancers.

The nonprofit University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville has successfully treated the most pediatric patients (from infants to adolescents) in the nation, and is a proton therapy treatment destination for patients and families from across the globe.

Pediatric Proton Therapy Highlights

Our proton therapy program highlights include:

  • advanced state-of-the-art pediatric proton therapy technologies
  • care managed by pediatric radiation oncologists who participate in our cancer meetings
  • dedicated pediatric proton therapy care team
  • compassionate nurse coordinators and social workers provide treatment
  • education, tips to manage side effects and resources for your child and family
  • standard of care and clinical trial participation as part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) (the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research)
For Our Out-of-Town Families

If your child is receiving other types of cancer treatments in addition to proton therapy, Nemours works together with your cancer care team at home to keep everything on track while you’re with us. We’ll also help your family find nearby accommodations, such as a Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville facility, short-term housing or hotel reservations so you can be there every step of the way.

Support Services for Your Family

Nemours provides an array of support services to help your child and family throughout the entire journey. Our supportive care begins on the very first day we meet, and continues beyond treatment because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 

  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • support groups
  • survivorship programs
  • Child Life services

Learn More About All of Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Facilities and Services in Pensacola »

About Proton Therapy

Proton therapy for childhood cancers is a more advanced form of radiation therapy that uses protons (subatomic particles) instead of X-rays. Protons are much easier to control than X-rays and provide more targeted radiation delivery which reduces the impact radiation has on surrounding healthy tissue. There are only a handful of facilities in the United States that offer proton therapy — with even fewer comprehensive pediatric proton therapy programs for childhood cancers — and Nemours works very closely with one of the country’s leading proton therapy providers.

At the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, we help children and families across the globe get the most advanced cancer treatments, like pediatric proton therapy, for the best chance for survival.

How Proton Therapy Works

Like radiation therapy, proton therapy works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) inside of cancer cells to keep them from dividing, or to kill them altogether. The result is “tumor regression” (or shrinkage). The difference between radiation therapy and proton therapy is that proton energy offers more radiation to the exact site, with less risk of healthy cell damage than with X-ray energy.

Proton therapy is an effective treatment for many childhood cancers such as brain tumors, sarcomas, tumors in the head and neck, eyes and lymphomas. It’s also used with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery or immunotherapy.

What to Expect With Proton Therapy

Similar to radiation therapy, before proton therapy treatment begins, a consultation visit — called a “CT-simulation visit” (to map out the treatment area) — and treatment planning are required. Treatment can take anywhere from six to eight weeks, with daily weekday visits that last about 30-45 minutes (most of the time is spent positioning a child for the treatment).

Proton therapy treatment for childhood cancers doesn’t hurt, and won’t require staying at the hospital overnight. However, children under 6 years old might require general anesthesia to keep them completely still during the few minutes of treatment. 

Effects of Proton Therapy in Children

Because proton therapy targets cancer cells so precisely, it’s an excellent treatment option for children with cancer. There’s less damage to healthy, developing cells which means there are fewer side effects — and less late effects, which appear after treatment — than with traditional radiation therapy. And if there are side effects, they are very mild. Your child’s care team will provide ongoing care to provide comfort and healing if side effects do occur, including:

  • fatigue
  • skin irritation
  • hair loss at the proton therapy site

Appointments & Referrals

Florida
Jacksonville Area

(904) 697-3789

Orlando Area

(407) 650-7715

Pensacola Area

(850) 505-4790

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International
Patients

+1 (302) 651-4993

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