Using a Cyclotron and Proton Therapy to Treat Cancer
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: New January 2023! Cyclotron is a cool name but what it does to cancer cells is even cooler. The particle accelerator generates a beam of protons to target tumors, causing cell death of the cancer.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Medicine-97**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • After viewing the video, check for student understanding. Do they understand how a cyclotron works? Do they understand what protons are and how proton therapy works? How is this treatment different from previous or more traditional treatments? In addition to treating cancer, do they see other medical applications for using proton therapy?
  • Use the video as inspiration for student discussion on patient treatment and costs of that treatment. Should insurance companies cover this type of treatment? Why or why not?
  • Use the video as part of a class unit on lasers and their application in various fields.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.