NHS to build two PBRT centers in the UK

Apparently the British National Health Service has decided to stump up £250 million (equivalent to US$380 million) to build two proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) units in the UK.

Additional information is available on the Bloomberg.com news site for those who are interested. Whether these units will be used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer in the UK appears to be much less certain. All we really know at the moment is that, “The new centers will be located in London and Manchester and will serve about 1,500 patients beginning in 2018,” according to a statement issued by the minister for public health.

2 Responses

  1. It is time that the authorities finally do their necessary research and start saving lives with the superior proton therapy.

  2. Dear Alf:

    There is certainly data to support the use of proton beam radiation therapy for some forms of cancer (particularly some forms of pediatric cancer). Regrettably, I am not aware of any data to suggest that proton beam radiation therapy is superior to other forms of modern external beam radiation therapy as a treatment of localized prostate cancer.

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