Proton therapy has been used as a treatment for cancer for over 60 years in many different countries. The Proton Therapy Center (PTC) in Prague is one of the most advanced proton therapy clinics in Europe, opening its doors to cancer sufferers in 2012 and has since treated patients from over 48 different countries including the United States, Spain, Israel, Kenya and Australia. This purpose-built cancer treatment centre is located within the grounds of the Na Bulovce hospital complex.
Less than 3-hour flight from Dublin, PTC is an accessible and attractive destination for Irish cancer sufferers seeking advanced treatment.
Internationally recognised as one of the most advanced cancer treatment centres of its kind in the world, we combine ultra-modern technology with clinical competence and compassionate individualised care.
With 5 dedicated treatment rooms we have the capacity to treat 2,500 patients each year. Of these, 3 have movable gantries that are capable of 360-degree rotation around patients. This means tumours can be treated anywhere in the body, from any angle, up to a depth of 32cm. One of the rooms offers ‘fixed beam’ treatments, and the final room is specially designed for eye treatments.
Equipped with state of the art technology in proton therapy diagnostic and planning procedures, our goal is to provide local and international patients with the highest level of treatment effectiveness, as well as the highest standard of comfort and care.
In addition to proton therapy cancer treatments, the Prague Proton Therapy Center is fully equipped with a wide-range of stand-alone diagnostic services (MRI, CT, PET/CT), and has the ability to provide onsite chemotherapy in combination with proton therapy treatment.
Patients suffering from prostate cancer can undergo thorough urological examinations at the Proton Therapy Center, and are able to undergo fiducial marker insertion procedures prior to proton treatment, by experienced and compassionate urologists.
All treatment complies with the strictest international standards and all of our patients receive the highest standards of service and care. If our patient come to us from abroad, we can organise accommodation as well as regular transport to the centre.
The Proton Therapy Center employs specialists within each field, to guarantee a highly professional and pro-client approach. We cooperate closely with the leading Czech universities and other educational institutions supporting science and research, with the aim to contribute to the development of radiation oncology and other oncological specialisations.
Although set to become the world’s top medical facility for proton therapy, our ultimate goal is to use our experience to create more centres so that a larger number of patients will have access this therapy.
IBA Proton Technology
IBA is one of the world’s largest and most advanced providers of Proton therapy technology. Their experience and expertise is the reason Proton therapy UK work closely with them.
Pencil Beam Scanning
Here at the Proton Therapy Centre we assembled a highly dedicated team of medical and scientific specialists to select a proton beam machine we could use, that would offer the highest rate of success and accuracy against various cancers.
IBA recommends Pencil Beam Scanning as the future of cancer technology, it is delivered via the IBA specialist nozzles to help deliver proton beams in a more accurate and safer way than ever before.
The pencil beam technology ensures that the radiation delivered is focused on the tumour with minimal impact to surrounding tissue, opposed to the ‘passive scattering’ approach used in many other forms of radiation treatment offered worldwide.
Automated Patient Transport System
A system we use called The Patlog ™ is an automated patient logistics transport system from a Swedish firm called ONCOlog, it minimises the time in which patients spend in the treatment rooms.
Additionally ONCOlog has created a fixation technology that painlessly keeps a patient in place during treatment; this enables our physicists to locate tumours to focus on the exact same spot across different treatment slots, to deliver proton beam therapy with the highest possible precision.
We use several high-tech systems that help us to clearly visualise the exact size, shape and position of cancerous tumours, which is why proton beam technology offers the most accurate
Treatment Planning, Contouring & Information Management
We use several high-tech systems that allow us to clearly visualise the true size, shape and position of tumours.
By combining our radiation oncology information system (MOSAIQ) and the other various high-end 3D and 4D imagining systems, we are able to obtain a comprehensive understanding of a tumour and the treatment options available.
Patient Positioning System Within Each Treatment Room
The Patient Positioning System (PPS) supports and positions patients with sub-millimeter accuracy to allow the proton beam to be delivered with great precision to any point in the patient from any angle.