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Two-day symposium in Baltimore to tackle the promises and perils of proton radiotherapy
Date:4/3/2009

College Park, Maryland -- April 3, 2009 -- Proton therapy has been hailed as a revolutionary cancer treatment, with higher cure rates and fewer side effects than traditional X-ray photon radiotherapy. Proton therapy is the modality of choice for treating certain small tumors of the eye, head, head or neck. It is also safer -- especially for young children -- because it exposes less of the tissue surrounding a tumor to the dosage, proton therapy lowers the risk of secondary cancers later in life.

What does the scientific evidence show about proton therapy? With the rapid proliferation of proton facilities in the United States, what will current and future practitioners of proton radiotherapy need to know?

Now a panel of researchers, clinicians, and public health experts will debate the promise and perils of proton radiotherapy -- a 70-year-old idea that bridges medicine and particle physics. Spearheaded by the AAPM Science Council and sponsored by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), "A Symposium on the Promise and Perils of Proton Radiotherapy" takes place from May 8 to 9 at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore in Maryland. For full details, visit http://www.aapm.org/meetings/09PRS/.

At the symposium, international experts will discuss issues such as current clinical practice, machinery, future developments in delivery and planning, and operational startup and ongoing costs. Controversies related to planning and treatment uncertainties, the question of clinical trials, and biological questions such as RBE and secondary neutrons will also be presented.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SYMPOSIUM

  • Dr. Eric Klein of Washington University in St. Louis will begin the symposium with a session that presents the state-of-the-art in understanding and creating therapeutic beam of protons. In theory, a thin beam of protons can destroy a tumor with less damage
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Contact: Devin Powell
dpowell@aip.org
301-209-3099
American Institute of Physics
Source:Eurekalert

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