Mayo Clinic lists cancers it will treat with proton therapy

Mayo Clinic researchers in Rochester, United States, have extended the list of cancers best treated with proton therapy. Research shows childhood tumours have better outcomes with proton therapy, as do eye melanomas, liver cancers, tumours in people who genetically don’t respond as well to traditional therapy and recurrent tumours that have previously been treated with conventional radiation. Now, Mayo researchers say in the scientific journal The Lancet Oncology, that rare cancers that occur low in the skull, often involving the nasal cavity close to nerves, the eyes, large blood vessel and brain, also yield to better patient outcomes when treated with proton therapy than with conventional radiation.

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