Jordi and Britt talk about their story
Jordi (17) and Britt (15) have just received treatment in the proton therapy centre PARTICLE. Both youngsters have been affected by a tumour deep in their brain, making surgery much too risky. Britt alread had chemotherapy, but that didn't work. Which is why proton therapy was chosen for both youngsters, because this causes less damage to healthy tissue around the tumour.
Despite everything, Jordi and Britt try to attend school as much as possible, which is very important to them. And they're ambitious: Jordi wants to study civil engineering next year, Britt is studying language and communication. In fact, she would rather be in interviewer Siska Schoeters' chair, she admits.
A behind-the-scenes look at PARTICLE
The start of the report takes you behind the scenes of the proton therapy centre, the only one in Belgium. Radiotherapist-oncologist dr. Karen Van Beek and paediatric neurologist prof. dr. Sandra Jacobs explain proton therapy treatment, talk about the benefits and which patients are eligible for this type of treatment.
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Proton therapy centre PARTICLE
What is proton therapy? How does it work, what are the benefits and who is eligble? What do you need to know as a patient or a referrer? Who works at PARTICLE?