The potential of proton beam radiation therapy in lung cancer (including mesothelioma)

Acta Oncologica. 2005 Dec;44(8):881-883. [Link]

Bjelkengren G, Glimelius B.

Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Malmo, Sweden.


A Swedish group of oncologists and hospital physicists have estimated the number of patients in Sweden suitable for proton beam therapy. The estimations have been based on current statistics of tumour incidence, number of patients potentially eligible for radiation treatment, scientific support from clinical trials and model dose planning studies and knowledge of the dose-response relations of different tumours and normal tissues. It is estimated that about 350 patients with lung cancer and about 20 patients with mesothelioma annually may benefit from proton beam therapy.