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LOMA LINDA: Report reaffirms proton therapy efficacy
A new report says 99 percent of prostate cancer patients treated with proton therapy believe they made the best treatment decisions for themselves. In this Jan. 2011 file photo, Ted Bevis, the 15,000th patient to receive proton treatment at Loma Linda University Medical Center, works out at the Loma Linda University Drayson Center during his treatment.
LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
February 20, 2013; 10:24 AM
A staggering 99 percent of prostate cancer patients treated with proton therapy believe they made the best treatment decisions for themselves, according to a report from the National Proton Conference in Washington, D.C.
The report analyzed outcomes and satisfaction of approximately 6,400 prostate cancer patients, more than 80 percent of whom received treatment at the James M. Slater M.D. Proton Treatment and Research Center at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
“This report reaffirms the results we’ve seen from our patients for the past 22 years and supports the mountain of evidence regarding the efficacy of proton therapy,” said Jerry D. Slater, M.D., chairman of the LLUMC center.
Slater and Dr. David A. Bush, vice chairman of the department of radiation at LLUMC, recently co-authored a similar study, “Multi-Institutional Patient-Reported Quality of Life After Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer Compared to Non-Treated Men.”
The just-released report was commissioned by the National Association for Proton Therapy and conducted by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates LLC, an independent health economics and policy consulting firm. It looked at patient-based outcomes analysis and included personal questions that provided meaningful data that helps physicians make treatment decisions.
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