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  • Posted: 09/23/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

Proton therapy is a cost-effective treatment for pediatric brain tumor patients

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 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's (ASTRO's) 55th Annual Meeting by researchers from the Mount Auburn Hospital, the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School (a component of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute).

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