Proton Beam Therapy at Mayo Clinic. Beam On!

Expires April 1, 2018


Length: 53 minutes


This month’s offering was originally recorded as part of our Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Grand Rounds. In this presentation, Robert Foote, M.D., gives a history of proton beam therapy, explains its benefits, and discusses its use at Mayo Clinic.


At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the physical advantage of proton beam therapy compared to X-ray therapy.
  • Describe the relationship between radiation dose and tumor control, survival, and risk for complications.
  • Identify the advantages of proton beam therapy in the treatment of a variety of cancers.

Intended Audience

This program is appropriate for clinicians, pathologists, medical technologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health staff.

Level of Instruction



Photo of Robert L. Foote, M.D.Robert L. Foote, M.D.
Department of Radiation Oncology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota



The following types of credit are offered for our Virtual Lecture programs:

State of California
State of Florida

To obtain credit:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Complete the posttest and evaluation that launches immediately following the video.
  3. Generate and print your certificate.

For an instruction sheet that describes the process, see

Note: Participants requesting P.A.C.E.© credit, in compliance with ASCLS P.A.C.E. program requirements, must attain a score of 70% or higher on the posttest to obtain a certificate.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E® contact hours. Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science for State of California and State of Florida credit. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for General credit. The level of instruction for this program is intermediate. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.


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