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Costly Cancer Therapy Dinged

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Proton-Beam Treatment for Prostate Tumors No Better Than Radiation, Study Says

Proton-beam therapy for prostate cancer provides no long-term benefit over traditional radiation despite far higher costs, according to a Yale analysis of 30,000 Medicare patients. WSJ's Melinda Beck reports. Photo: AP Images.

By MELINDA BECK

In a finding likely to add fuel to the debate over treatments for prostate cancer, proton-beam therapy provided no long-term benefit over traditional radiation despite far higher costs, according to a study of 30,000 Medicare beneficiaries published Thursday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Proton radiotherapy uses atomic particles to treat cancer rather than X-rays and theoretically can target tumors more precisely. But it requires a particle accelerator roughly the size of a football field that typically costs about $180 million. READ MORE

 

 
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