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Eighth US proton beam radiation therapy center now open

Posted Oct 21 2010 12:00am

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.

According to an article in the Virginian-Pilot this morning, the new Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is also now “open for business.” This new center, which is “free-standing” in the sense that it is not associated with a hospital or medical center, has raised additional questions about the motivations behind the rapid spread of PBRT as a treatment for selected types of cancer.

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