Scripps proton beam radiation therapy center files for bankruptcy

We have long been concerned that the number of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) centers being built here in the USA was way higher than could be justified by the real demand for such services. … READ MORE …

Detailed data on the use of proton beam radiation therapy centers

A presentation at the annual meeting of ASTRO in Boston last week has given us some detailed insight into exactly how many men in America with prostate cancer are getting treated each year with proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT). … READ MORE …

An update on the PARTIQoL trial

We have just learned that the randomized clinical trial of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) vs. IMRT for men with localized prostate cancer (the so-called PARTIQoL trial) now has 10 active centers recruiting patients and another two centers that expect to start enrolling patients soon. A total of 173 patients have been enrolled to date. … READ MORE …

First data from a RTC of proton beam radiation vs. conventional radiation therapy

When you go to large meetings with thousands of presentations, you miss things. And here’s one that a lot of people seem to have missed — your sitemaster included. … READ MORE …

5-year outcomes after PBRT at a single, high-volume, PBRT center

We have previously reported on the very good, albeit unremarkable, outcomes of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) as administered at the University of Florida Jacksonville. … READ MORE …

PBRT as a form of salvage radiation therapy after cryotherapy and HIFU

A new paper in “the Red Journal” prvides some information about the potential of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) as a salvage therapy in men who have failed either cryotherapy or first-line high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) as first-line therapy for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Hypofractionated proton beam radiation therapy

We have recently seen Level 1 evidence that hypofractionation (fewer, more intense treatments) is no worse than conventional fractionation of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). … READ MORE …