March 25th, 2012

Prostate Cancer Therapy Too Good to Be True Explodes Health Cost

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Imagine a prostate cancer therapy that has almost no side effects…The technology uses narrowly focused proton beams to deliver precisely targeted blasts of radiation…‘Bogus’ Criticism “Yes, there are critics, but the best minds in the cancer business think otherwise,” said Hampton University president William R. Harvey. He calls the argument that proton therapy may burden the medical system “bogus” because it doesn’t consider the potential cost savings from avoiding side effects…Findings from some published studies show the treatment may reduce the rate of severe rectal side effects to 1 percent or less from the 2 percent to 4 percent rate seen with standard equipment, said Robert Foote, chairman of radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

 

 

Bloomberg by Robert Langreth   3/25/12

Tags: Cancer, Mayo Clinic Rochester, prostate cancer, proton beams, Research, Robert Foote, Technology, William R. Harvey

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