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New survey shows 36-percent increase in pediatric patients treated with proton therapy

AVO1Most pediatric proton patients are younger than 10, with brain and spinal cord tumors

Results from a new nationwide survey indicate a steady increase in the number of pediatric patients who are being treated with proton radiation therapy for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.

The research, led by Andrew L. Chang, M.D., medical director of pediatrics with the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, was presented during the 54th annual Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) Conference in San Diego.

Based on a survey of all proton therapy centers in the United States, the number of pediatric patients treated with proton radiation therapy has grown to 722 in 2013, a 36-percent increase from the 465 patients treated in 2010.

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