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Advances in technology, clear clinical benefits will drive more cancer doctors to use protons

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The latest technical advancement in proton therapy is already providing such compelling early evidence of its benefit for patients, a leading radiation oncologist predicts it will become standard treatment for many cancers.   In use at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas, for more than three years now, intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) permits doctors to treat one tiny section of a tumor at a time — even as small as a pixel — by adjusting the proton beam dose, direction and depth to wider and narrower contours of the target, while significantly reducing the amount of unintentional radiation hitting nearby healthy tissue.   IMPT pairs the precision of pencil beam scanning with the latest three-dimensional imaging technology to map the... Full article