Mayo Clinic bets big on an experimental cancer treatment

Posted on September 30th, 2011 by

The Mayo Clinic is embarking on a $370 million experiment into whether tiny proton beams are the best way to zap cancer tumors, with the resulting building projects creating hundreds of construction jobs along the way… While the projects are a boost to the economy, Mayo officials also acknowledge it’s still undetermined whether proton beam therapy is truly better than the X-ray radiation that has been used to treat cancer for decades. Rather than wait for others to proceed, they decided in 2010 to find out on their own. “That is Mayo’s role, to take the new technology and see how it works,” said Dr. Robert Foote, chairman of the Mayo’s Department of Radiation Oncology in Rochester.

Finance & Commerce, by Chris Newmarker, 9/30/11

Tags: Cancer

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