A message from the National Association for Proton Therapy

According to a media release issued yesterday by the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT), “Approximately 97 percent of patients who received only an advanced form of radiation called proton therapy for prostate cancer report that they have not experienced a recurrence of their disease.” … READ MORE …

Mayo Clinic unveils new proton beam radiotherapy center

Yesterday the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, unveiled the building in which its new proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) unit will be situated. However, it is clear from the article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the value and the cost-effectiveness of PBRT is still a major issue for many. It is not yet clear when the Mayo Clinic expects to start treating patients with PBRT.

5-year follow-up data after proton beam therapy

A new article in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology (the “Red” Journal) provides us with recent 5-year outcomes for men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer and treated with proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT). … READ MORE …

Payers tell PBRT centers that they need better data to justify high prices

According to media reports this morning, a number of payer organizations in the USA are initiating new policies regarding the coverage of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

No PBRT center at OHSU after careful thought

According to a pre-Christmas report in The Oregonian, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has decided not to go ahead with the development of a proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) facility. The story is also covered on MedPage Today. … READ MORE …

WSJ questions value of proton beam radiation therapy

Advocates for proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) are not going to be enamored of the article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the cost/benefit ratio of this form of treatment for localized prostate cancer.

PBRT vs. IMRT — are we about to get the definitive trial?

According to an article in the Boston Globe this morning, we are (supposedly and finally) going to get the study needed to try to demonstrate whether there is a real clinical benefit to proton beam radiation therapy as compared to modern, intensity-modulated radiation therapy in men with localized prostate cancer! … READ MORE …

Relative value of 3D-CRT, IMRT, and PBRT in prostate cancer published in JAMA

In February we reported on a presentation by Sheets et al. at the Genitourinary Cancer Symposium. The presentation addressed the comparative effectiveness and safety of  3D conformal, intensity-modulated, and proton beam forms of radiation therapy (3D-CRT, IMRT, and PBRT, respectively). … READ MORE …

PBRT to come to UK … but not for prostate cancer?

Apparently the powers that be in the UK have decided to shell out the money to build two (small) proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) units in the UK — one in London and one in Manchester. The media coverage suggests that they will be used primarily for the treatment of rare cancers in children. The centers are scheduled to come on line in 2017. … READ MORE …

PBRT and prostate cancer: your breakfast read on Bloomberg.com

Ye of faith … and ye of rather less faith … in the merits of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) compared to other forms of treatment for management of localized prostate cancer may want to read through Robert Langreth’s article (“Prostate cancer therapy too good to be true explodes health cost“) posted this morning on the Bloomberg.com web site. … READ MORE …

Who actually funds research with results that are this obvious?

According to a recently published research letter, men with prostate cancer who live close to the Loma Linda proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) center are five times more likely to choose PBRT for their treatment than are other men who live in California but don’t live close to Loma Linda! DUH! … READ MORE …

ASTRO claims “Proton therapy effective prostate cancer treatment”

A media release issued yesterday by ASTRO reads as follows: … READ MORE …

If you want PBRT, be so good as to enter a clinical trial

An article in today’s New York Times will be a red rag to the advocates for proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT). … READ MORE …

All the different types of external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer: a good introduction

Over the past 20 years there has been an explosion in the different ways that we use varied types of external beam radiation therapy for the treatment of localized and locally advanced forms of prostate cancer. Where is the newly diagnosed patient able to find a good, basic introduction? … READ MORE …

Proton beam radiation therapy in prostate cancer

Three new articles in the June 15 issue of Oncology review the current data and the potential of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) as a first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer. The full texts of all three articles are available on line. … READ MORE …