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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Proton Therapy could replace X rays for treating Cancer


VoA news- A new state of the art medical facility in the United States is harnessing a new weapon in the cancer fighting arsenal: Proton therapy. Medical experts say the procedure, a precise form of radiation to target tumors, offers new hope in the treatment of various types of cancer.

The M.D.Anderson Proton Therapy Center at the University of Texas is one of 25 institutions in the world that use proton therapy.Traditional radiation therapy uses x-ray beams to shrink cancerous tumors. Large portions of the body are subject to radiation because X-rays cannot be delivered more accurately, so physicians limit the amount of radiation a patient undergoes to spare healthy tissue.

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