Records study finds no clear clinical benefit from proton therapy for prostate cancer

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 17 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2767
  1. Keith Epstein
  1. 1Washington, DC

A study that used patients’ records to compare outcomes and morbidity from the three most common radiation treatments for prostate cancer showed no clear clinical benefit from the increasingly popular and expensive use of proton beams. Those patients had more complications.

The study of 12 000 patient records, financed by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health, adds to questions in the United States not only about the relative …

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