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Proton Therapy For Cancer Patients Now Available

A new therapy for some cancer patients is finally available at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  The proton machine uses a more precise beam of radiation to zap cancerous cells, sparing surrounding healthy tissue.  The “Post Dispatch” reports the 20-million-dollar machine has been at Barnes since November 2011 but a software glitch held up the rollout.  The device could be beneficial for patients receiving radiation for cancers of the head, neck and spine.

 

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