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Proton-beam therapy increasingly popular in the U.S.

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Reuters Health - 05/05/2022 - Physicians in the U.S. are increasingly using proton-beam therapy (PBT) to treat newly diagnosed cancer patients, a new study finds. An analysis of data from nearly six million patients diagnosed with cancer between 2004 and 2018 revealed that use of PBT rose by more than 8% per year, researchers report in JAMA Network Open. PBT "provides the opportunity for better precision in dose delivery than other types of external beam radiotherapy," the researchers explain. The technology's use in the U.S. "has been increasing for the treatment of both cancers for which PBT is the recommended modality and for cancers for which PBT's superiority over photo-based radiation therapy is still being investigated," said first author Dr. Leticia Nogueira of the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, in Atlanta. "Most patients treated with PBT for cancers still under investigation have Medicare coverage," Dr. Nogueira told Reuters Health by ...

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