New research shows benefits of PT

By Carl Rossi, M.D.
6 a.m. May 28, 2015

More than half of cancer patients today will receive radiation therapy as part of their treatment. And with survivorship rates steadily rising, doctors are increasingly aware of the need to avoid irradiating patients’ healthy tissue, which raises the probability of treatment-related side effects and secondary cancers.

Finding more accurate ways to deliver radiation therapy was the focus last week at the 54th annual Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) conference. Experts from around the world gathered in San Diego to share insights on the latest advances in particle beam therapy, including proton therapy. The meeting was held locally in part so attendees could tour the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, the nation’s only center to exclusively offer the most precise proton delivery technology available, pencil-beam scanning.