Sep 23, 2014 6:10 PM

Insurers Cautious As Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Gains Popularity

Everyone seems to agree that proton beam therapy — a type of radiation treatment that can target cancerous tumors while generally sparing the surrounding tissue — is an exciting technology with a lot of potential.

But some insurers and medical specialists say that coverage shouldn't be routine, until there's better evidence that proton therapy is more effective at treating various cancers than traditional, less expensive radiation treatment.

That cautious approach doesn't sit well with proponents, some of whom say that insurance coverage is needed for research on the controversial therapy'


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