Letters Proton beam therapy for cancer

Proton beam therapy is effective in highly selected clinical indications

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3192 (Published 08 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3192
  1. Adrian Crellin, consultant clinical oncologist and Department of Health national clinical lead in proton beam therapy1
  1. 1St James’s Institute of Oncology, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK
  1. adrian.crellin{at}nhs.net

I have little argument with your recent articles,1 2 but the associated headlines and poll fundamentally misunderstood the scope of high energy proton beam therapy planned for the NHS and may mislead readers. The articles focus on the lack of evidence and high cost of using protons for prostate cancer in the US. By contrast, the UK strategy is based …

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