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ASTRO PRESENTATION - Proton Therapy is a Cost-Effective Treatment for Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients

September 9, 2013
Due to decreased side effects, it may also be cost-saving
ASTRO Press Release - Proton Therapy Cost Effective for Pedatric CancerAtlanta, September 22, 2013
Proton therapy, an external beam radiotherapy in which protons deliver precise radiation doses to a tumor and spare healthy organs and tissues, is cost - effective in treating medulloblastomas, fast-growing brain tumors that mainly affect children, when compared to standard photon radiation therapy, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 55th Annual Meeting.

The results presented by physicians from Mount Auburn Hospita, the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, indicate:

"Results from the base case analysis showed that due to the prevention of side effects, proton therapy was cost-saving. In sensitivity analyses, proton therapy strongly remained the more appealing treatment, in part due to decreased risks of hearing loss, secondary malignancy and heart failure, resulting in a cost-savings in more than 95% of simulations.” (ASTRO).

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