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Study Casts Doubt on Value of Pricey Prostate Cancer Therapy
Date:4/17/2012

Prospective studies like these are in general considered 'higher level' evidence than retrospective studies like the UNC study," he said.

Still, the new findings should make people think twice about proton therapy, said Potters, the New York radiation physician.

"Proton therapy is marketed as something that's new, big and expensive. In the eyes of the public, it's easy to become wowed by proton beams," Potters said. "But it might not be better and may be adverse in terms of side effects."

Chen put it this way: "There is a newer technology out there, but right now we don't know that it is better."

The study is published in the April 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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For more about prostate cancer, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Ronald C. Chen, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, radiation oncology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Louis Potters, M.D., chair, department of radiation medicine, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y., and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; ProCure Treatment Centers news release, April 17, 2012; April 18, 2012, Journal of the American Medical Association


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