State OKs 2nd proton center for DuPage

Full story: Chicago Tribune
In a surprise move, a state regulatory board Wednesday gave the OK for a proton therapy facility in DuPage County - the second such cutting-edge cancer-treatment center approved by the board this year and one ... Full Story
tigerhawk

Milwaukee, WI

#1 Sep 18, 2008
This is another example of a board in Illinois not doing it's job. Although "proponents" say proton therapy is more effective - there is NO rigorous scientific data backing that up. What it really is - a moneymaker. A course of IMRT radiation (which is the standard of care in the country now) runs an average of $50,000. But the same course with protons, we are told averages $160,000. Three times costlier for no additional benefit. I am a physician practicing radiation oncology and this second approval is a travesty. This decision needs to be appealed or even litigated.
Dale

Summerville, SC

#2 Sep 18, 2008
What Dr. Tigerhawk doesn't want you to know is that he probably has invested a lot of money in his own IMRT equipment and doesn't want patients to demand a newer kind of treatment that will diminish his income. Plenty of doctors testified and many studies show that protons, in certain types of cancer cases, are far better than conventional types of radiation. It is not for every case and it is, generally more expensive, but, I'm sorry Dr. Tigerhawk, if my son or daughter dad cancer my choice would be protons.
Da Bears

Gainesville, FL

#3 Sep 18, 2008
These numbers seem made up. from the doctor in Iowa. Charges for protons MAY be 160K, but reimbursment is actually much lower from what I understand. I saw a figure in which Medicare pays 54K for protons and 44K for IMRT for the same number of sessions. Those numbers make more sense to me.
aridteri

Tucson, AZ

#4 Sep 18, 2008
This is a victory for cancer patients regionwide.
Bill Adamoff

United States

#5 Sep 22, 2008
I trust NIU, a non-profit University. Do studies on adults and treat the kids and spine and brain patients where there is data. Start with one facility and do studies on adults. I hear that sometimes protons can be too precise and miss the "tumor fingers". The cost is about 2.5 times other good treatments. Someone wants to make money and mislead cancer patients and their families and give false hope.Is the president of CDH the same guy who was president at McNeal?

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