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Study looks at value vs. cost in proton and X-ray therapy delivery

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A proof of concept study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center shows that the episodic cost of care using intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) in advanced-stage head and neck cancer is less than that of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), also known as X-ray or photon therapy. The study, “Defining the Value of Proton Therapy,” published in Oncology Payers, detailed findings concerning two patients with oropharyngeal cancer. The cost for one patient’s daily IMPT treatment was 2.8 times higher than for the other patient’s daily treatment with IMRT. However, the IMRT patient took more time to begin therapy, which led to higher costs associated with re-consultation and re-imaging. As a result, the method used to measure the costs, what’s called... Full article