On this website, we’ve tracked how proton beam therapy for cancer radiation treatment has been promoted, including in marketing efforts by medical centers that have made an expensive investment in the technology.
Something posted on the website of the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute sparked a mini-furor this week with a couple of urologists who are active on social media.
Here’s what that website posted:
And here’s how two urologists reacted on Twitter:
You may not understand all the jargon in the urologists’ concerns about:
In a nutshell, they’re saying that cancer outcomes are greatly affected by how advanced the cancer is when it’s treated and what kind of follow-up treatment is given to patients after the procedure. It’s misleading and possibly deceptive to display these comparisons without that crucial context. Further, the surgery stats cited don’t match what these two urologists have seen in their practice.
Clearly, these urologists are very skeptical of these figures.
But even if all that jargon went over your head, you should be able to understand that the radiation versus surgery argument is alive and well. And it’s especially lively when claims are made from one center’s experience with proton beam therapy. Caveat emptor.