Insurers reverse 97% of pediatric proton denials on appeal
Insurance companies wind up covering proton therapy treatment for pediatric...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How to avoid radiology claim denials: Medical necessity Pediatric proton therapy treatments on the rise (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 8, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

97 percent of insurance denials in pediatric proton patients overturned on appeal
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Insurance companies end up covering proton therapy treatment for pediatric cancer patients in 97 percent of the cases they originally deny once those decisions are appealed. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed five years of coverage decisions at Penn's Roberts Proton Therapy Center. They discovered that roughly one in 10 pediatric cancer patients are initially denied coverage for the cutting edge and costly treatment - yet nearly all patients ultimately get approval. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - August 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Concurrent Chemo, Proton Therapy Promising in Advanced Lung Cancer
Five-year results of a single-institution study show that proton beam radiotherapy given concurrently with chemotherapy offers promising clinical outcomes with good toxicity results compared with historical data. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 3, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Lung Cancer News Source Type: news

Concurrent chemotherapy, proton therapy improves survival in patients with advanced lung cancer
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) For patients with advanced, inoperable stage 3 lung cancer, concurrent chemotherapy and the specialized radiation treatment, proton therapy, offers improved survival compared to historical data for standard of care, according to a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

90-ton cyclotron installed at new Emory Proton Therapy Center (SLIDESHOW)
A 90-ton cyclotron was installed Thursday at the new Emory Proton Therapy Center in Midtown in an event attended by Mayor Kasim Reed and Dr. Jonathan Lewin, CEO of Emory Healthcare. Check out the adjacent slideshow for photos from the event. The 90-ton piece of machinery uses powerful magnetic and electrical fields to accelerate protons to focus precisely on cancer cells. The cyclotron was driven up from the Port of Savannah by police escort. Atlanta Business Chronicle reported June 30 that the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 13, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

90-ton cyclotron installed at new Emory Proton Therapy Center (SLIDESHOW)
A 90-ton cyclotron was installed Thursday at the new Emory Proton Therapy Center in Midtown in an event attended by Mayor Kasim Reed and Dr. Jonathan Lewin, CEO of Emory Healthcare. Check out the adjacent slideshow for photos from the event. The 90-ton piece of machinery uses powerful magnetic and electrical fields to accelerate protons to focus precisely on cancer cells. The cyclotron was driven up from the Port of Savannah by police escort. Atlanta Business Chronicle reported June 30 that the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 13, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

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 (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

ASTRO updates insurance coverage recommendations for proton therapy
(American Society for Radiation Oncology) The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has issued an update to its recommendations for medical insurance coverage regarding the use of proton beam therapy to treat cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 13, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Inova Health System inks $60 million proton therapy deal
Inova Health System plans to begin offering proton beam therapy at its Inova Schar Cancer Institute by 2020 after signing a $60 million contract for a proton system from Reston-based Ion Beam Applications S.A. The deal comes after Inova received regulatory permission to build a $92.3 million center that offers proton beam therapy and MRI simulator services. The project is part of broader ambitions for Inova's personalized health campus to "develop a national comprehensive cancer program for both… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 7, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Varian Medical wins FDA nod for Halcyon radiotherapy cancer treatment system
Varian Medical (NYSE:VAR) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Halcyon image-guided volumetric intensity modulated radiotherapy cancer treatment system. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said its Halcyon IMRT system features improvements that make it more comfortable for patients and streamline operator’s workflow, only requiring 9 steps from start to treatment, down from 30 steps in legacy machines. “We are proud that Halcyon has now received both 510(k) clearance and CE mark. With its human-centered and user-friendly design, Halcyon is engineered to revolutionize clinical workflow. These two clea...
Source: Mass Device - July 3, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Oncology Regulatory/Compliance Varian Medical Systems Source Type: news

City approves bond funding for high-tech cancer center
After over a year of uncertainty, the Emory Proton Therapy Center finally is slated for completion. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 30, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

FDA clears Varian's Halcyon rad therapy system
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared radiation oncology...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Varian to build radiation oncology centers in Vietnam Varian awarded Thai proton therapy contract Varian installs proton therapy system in Fla. Varian launches Halcyon radiation therapy unit at ESTRO Varian adds to revenues in Q2 (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 29, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

IBA to show updated synthesizer at SNMMI 2017
Proton therapy developer Ion Beam Applications (IBA) plans to show an upgraded...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: IBA posts healthy Q1 revenue rise IBA posts healthy revenue for fiscal 2016 IBA, partners to bring proton therapy to Ala. IBA, Nelco ink North American deal Japan OKs IBA's proton therapy system (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 8, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Varian to build radiation oncology centers in Vietnam
Radiation oncology firm Varian Medical Systems has signed an agreement with...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Varian awarded Thai proton therapy contract Varian installs proton therapy system in Fla. Varian launches Halcyon radiation therapy unit at ESTRO Varian adds to revenues in Q2 Varian launches direct sales in South Africa (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 5, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Varian Selected to Provide First Proton Therapy System in Thailand
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 24, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), today announced it has been selected through its distributor, Business Alignment, to supply and install a Varian ProBeam® Compact single-r... Devices, Oncology Varian Medical Systems, ProBeam, proton therapy, radiotherapy (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - May 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news