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Adding Proton Therapy 'Boost' to X-Ray Radiation Therapy Reduces Prostate Cancer Recurrences
Date:11/2/2009

usetts General Hospital in Boston. Patients were randomized to receive either "standard dose" or "high dose" radiation, with proton beams being used to deliver the high-dose radiotherapy to prostate.

Findings show that in patients with a low risk of having the cancer return (recurrence), only six percent of patients who were treated with high dose radiation had the cancer return after 10 years, compared to 29 percent who had conventional radiation doses. Similarly, of the patients with an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence, 37 percent who underwent high dose radiation had cancer come back, versus 45 percent of those who had conventional doses of radiation. There were no significant differences between the two groups in how long they survived and in their urinary and bowel functions.

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The abstract, "A Phase III Trial Employing Conformal Photons with Proton Boost in Early-stage Prostate Cancer: Conventional Dose (70.2gye) Compared to High Dose Irradiation (79.2 GyE): Long-term Updated Analysis of Proton Radiation Oncology Group (PROG)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 95-09," was presented at a scientific session at 11:20 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2009. To speak to one of the study authors, Carl J. Rossi Jr., M.D., please call Beth Bukata or Nicole Napoli November 1-4, 2009, in the ASTRO Press Room at McCormick Place West at 312-791-7005 or 312-791-7006. You may also e-mail them at <'/>"/>

SOURCE American Society for Radiation Oncology
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