Visiting MedStar Georgetown for Proton Therapy
At MedStar Georgetown, our doctors are dedicated to providing a seamless experience that is tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is home to leaders in proton and other forms of radiation therapy, who will guide you through every step of your treatment process and offer you personalized care and support throughout your recovery.
Proton Therapy Consultation
The first step of proton therapy is determining whether it is the best treatment for your unique situation and health condition. During an initial consultation, a specialized radiation oncologist will determine whether you are a good candidate for proton therapy by reviewing your medical history and discussing your personal needs with you.
Proton Therapy Cost
Once your doctor determines that you are a good candidate for proton therapy, the next step involves our Radiation Medicine Department team contacting your insurance provider to determine whether your treatment will be covered. We understand that medical bills and questions about insurance coverage can be a significant source of concern and stress for patients and their families, so it is a priority for us to keep you well-informed prior to beginning your treatment.
Does insurance cover proton therapy?
Medicare is covering proton therapy. Proton therapy is a standard of care for pediatric patients so insurance plans will cover most patients under the age of 21 or 19, depending on the plan.
If you are a candidate for the proton therapy, your insurance will be contacted to find out if it is a covered benefit for you. We have hired associates who will help our patients work through to obtain authorization and assist in the appeal process, if necessary.
We anticipate that insurance plans will cover most patients who need proton therapy, which is just a new way to deliver radiation, a treatment that has been around for decades. We will keep you informed as we pursue the process.
Proton Therapy Treatment Outline
Proton therapy is performed in two stages:
- Treatment Preparation (Simulation Session): Prior to actual treatments, our physicians will generate a radiation plan that is specific to you and your treatment needs including positioning and identification of your treatment area. Preparing this plan generally involves diagnostic imaging (CT, MRI, and/or PET scanning), which will guide the simulation session of the proton therapy that follows. Your physician will work with the radiation physicist and dosimetrist to come up with the best treatment plan, including dosage and beam configuration, to meet your needs.
- Treatment Sessions: Shortly after the preparation phase, your radiation treatment sessions will begin. Most patients visit their radiation oncologist at least once a week while they are on treatment. During the course of the treatment sessions, most patients can continue their everyday routine, and return to work and other regular activities following treatment. Because proton therapy may cause significantly fewer side effects than other radiation therapies, it is less disruptive to your daily routine.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Savage, Administrator, Department of Radiation Medicine
Email: [email protected]
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Proton Therapy Center is pleased to offer the most cutting-edge proton therapy technology available, providing the next generation of radiation medicine close to home. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward your recovery.