For a number of tumour types, it is generally accepted that proton therapy is the most optimal radiation technique. Proton therapy is standard for the treatment of:
- A number of cancer types in children
- Certain rare tumours in adults that do not benefit from existing solutions, such tumours at the skull base, close to the spinal column or close to the optic nerve.
According to current standard indications, it is estimated that in Belgium 150 to 200 patients per 10 million inhabitants qualify annually for the reimbursment of proton therapy. This number can increase in the future if clinical-scientific research determines new indications for proton therapy.