American Society for Radiation Oncology Updates Insurance Coverage Recommendations for Proton Therapy

Proton beam therapy model policy recommends expanded access to advanced radiation therapy treatment for cancer patients ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales &Marketing Network) -- The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has i... Devices, Oncology ASTRO , proton beam, proton therapy, radiotherapy
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Publication date: June 2018Source: Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI, Volume 39, Issue 3Author(s): Marcelo F. Benveniste, Sonia L. Betancourt Cuellar, Daniel Gomez, Girish S. Shroff, Brett W. Carter, Ana Paula A. Benveniste, Edith M. MaromRadiation therapy is an important modality in the treatment of patients with lung cancer. Recent advances in delivering radiotherapy were designed to improve loco-regional tumor control by focusing higher doses on the tumor. More sophisticated techniques in treatment planning include 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, stereotactic body radiothera...
Source: Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
Brain metastases from a primary extracranial malignancy are a very common problem in cancer patients, with an estimated 170,000 new cases per year in the US (1). While whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) was the mainstay of treatment for patients with multiple brain metastases for many years, concern has grown in recent years over the adverse effects of WBRT on neurocognition and quality of life (2). Consequently, various approaches are being explored to either mitigate the effect of WBRT (eg, memantine, hippocampal-sparing IMRT) or replace this treatment modality entirely (eg, stereotactic radiosurgery, chemotherapy).
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Clinical Investigation Source Type: research
Authors: Vankoevering K, Prevedello DM, Carrau RL Abstract Malignancies of the skull base represent a highly diverse and challenging set of pathologies which exhibit a wide array of oncologic behavior. In recent decades, a number of important advances in treatment technique have evolved to improve oncologic outcomes and reduce morbidity in the treatment of these aggressive cancers. Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has become the gold standard in radiotherapy owing to its precision planning and reduced morbidity. However heavy ion particle radiation (proton therapy, carbon ion, etc.) are recently emergin...
Source: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: J Neurosurg Sci Source Type: research
To the Editor: We read the interesting results from a phase 2 randomized study comparing the toxicity and efficacy of stereotactic body proton therapy (SBPT) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for high-risk medically inoperable early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by Nantavithya et  al (1). Although their study was closed early because of poor accrual and insurance issues, a total of 19 patients receiving 50 Gy (relative biologic effectiveness) in 4 fractions were included for analysis.
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Comment Source Type: research
1224Aim:Radeation therapy (RT) is an important component of cancer treatment for both early stage and locally advanced lung cancers. Photon and proton therapies are both utilized for RT but have different physical characteristics. Photon RT actively exposes healthy tissues along the beam path in front of and beyond the tumor to incidental irradiation. However, due to a central-axis depth-dose distribution pattern known as the spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP), proton RT generally has a more optimal dose delivery in comparison to 3D conformal photon therapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The SOBP may potential...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Educational Exhibits Source Type: research
Opinion statementThe application of proton beam radiation therapy in the treatment of head and neck cancer has grown tremendously in the past few years. Globally, widespread interest in proton beam therapy has led to multiple research efforts regarding its therapeutic value and cost-effectiveness. The current standard of care using modern photon radiation technology has demonstrated excellent treatment outcomes, yet there are some situations where disease control remains suboptimal with the potential for detrimental acute and chronic toxicities. Due to the advantageous physical properties of the proton beam, proton beam th...
Source: Current Treatment Options in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Advances in technology have improved survival rates for patients with head and neck cancer; however, the medical profession continues to pursue opportunities to improve quality of life for survivors. Advances in organ preservation therapies, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and proton therapy, are encouraging. However, preservation of swallowing-related quality of life remains challenging. For the past decade, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have applied neuroplasticity principles to exercise-based swallowing treatment for patients undergoing chemoradiation therapy for head and neck cancer. This intensive ...
Source: JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
Irradiation may have significant immunomodulatory effects that impact tumor response and could potentiate immunotherapeutic approaches. The purposes of this study were to prospectively investigate circulating lymphoid cell population fractions during hypofractionated proton therapy (HPT) in blood samples of liver cancer patients and to explore their association with survival.
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Letter Source Type: research
To  compared the cost-effectiveness of intensity modulated proton beam therapy (PBT) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in the management of stage III-IVB oropharynx cancer (OPC).
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Clinical Investigation Source Type: research
Varian Medical Systems has released a new version of its Velocity cancer imaging...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Brainlab, Varian team up on product integrations Varian bid for Sirtex clears regulatory hurdle Varian touts proton therapy educational milestone Varian acquires decision-support firm India clears Varian's Halcyon radiation therapy system
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