Proton Beam Therapy Hits Its First Economic Iceberg

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In August, I wrote about the ongoing battle between Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) and conventional Electron Beam Therapy (EBT) to treat prostate cancer. Recent studies have found that there is no discernible advantage to the far more expensive PBT over EBT in treatment effectiveness of reduction of side effects. I quoted Anthony Zeitman of the Department […]

The Ugly Tradeoff: Over-Treatment vs. Preventable Death

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Those of us in the prostate cancer community are all too aware of the 2011 USPSTF guidelines that call for discontinuing PSA screening for all men because a high PSA leads too often to unnecessary “over- treatment” with its expense and attendant quality of life (QoL) issues such as impotence and incontinence. Better to remain […]