Oncology Times reports on proton beam radiation therapy
Posted May 27 2010 12:00am
Oncology Times has just completed a five-part series of what appear to be objective and impartial articles on proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) as a form of treatment for many types of cancer, not just prostate cancer. However, the role of prostate cancer in the decision to fund recently developed and new PBRT centers is clearly significant.
Here is a set of titles of the articles (in the order they were published) with direct links to each one:
An eighth center the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute , in Hampton, Virginia is scheduled to open some time later this year. An additional center is currently planned for Somerset, New Jersey, and is scheduled to be opening in 2012. Other centers are planned or are under discussion, but economic realities appear to have delayed decisions and/or actual plans to proceed. In at least a couple of cases, plans to develop such centers have been canceled.
It is disappointing that at least one major proton beam center and representatives of other proposed centers appear to have been unwilling to speak in any depth to Oncology Times for this series of articles. It is clear that there are issues here that go way beyond the desire to provide the best possible therapy to patients who need such therapy.
The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink congratulates Oncology Times and its two reporters for their care and hard work in putting together this series of investigative reports.