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 …

Long-term QOL outcomes 4 years after PBRT

In a poster today at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, data was presented on 4-year follow-up of quality of life (QOL) among men treated with conformal proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT). … READ MORE …

IMPT: a new acronym we’re all going to need to learn

Back in the mid-1990s there was 3D-CRT (three-dimensional conformal beam radiation therapy), the first type of external beam radiation designed to “shape” the way that beams of radiation were used to treat the prostate in conformance with the actual shape of the individual prostate. … READ MORE …

Adverse toxicities of high-dose PBRT: a Phase II clinical trial

ACR 03-12 is a Phase II clinical trial designed by the American College of Radiology to test the safety and efficacy of 82 GyE (Gray equivalent) delivered using conformal proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Eighth US proton beam radiation therapy center now open

We have previously referred readers to a series of articles on the growing number of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) centers in the US, most of which appear to be highly dependent on prostate cancer patients for their revenue and their economic viability. … READ MORE …

Scripps Health to build new PBRT center in San Diego

According to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune on Monday, Scripps Health has partnered with others to develop a new proton beam radiation therapy center in San Diego. This would be the second PBRT center on the West Coast and supposedly it will be able to treat its first patients in 2013.

When journalists define the “gold standard” for prostate cancer treatment

Reports occur in the media on a regular basis in which journalists talk about their personal experiences in diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. These reports can be misleading because, … READ MORE …

A PBRT update from the ASTRO annual meeting

Two papers presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) offer some further information on the application of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) in treatment of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Proton beam radiation: a systematic review

A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and carried out by investigators at the Tufts Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center in Boston, concludes that “Evidence on the comparative effectiveness and safety of charged-particle radiation therapy in cancer is needed to assess the benefits, risks, and costs of treatment alternatives.” … READ MORE …

Proton beam radiotherapy in the UK

Reports in the British media state that the UK’s Ministry of Health is committing to the broader availability of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) through the British National Health Service (NHS). … READ MORE …

“I am a dosimeter” (the tissue effects of PBRT)

The text and the image below have been kindly submitted by HAK (a patient and a respected clinician) as a reference source regarding the distinctions between the effects of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) and other types of external beam radiotherapy, particularly intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in the treatment of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …