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US system to rate health therapies

Critics fear plan may lead to rationing

More study has been urged on the effectiveness of treatments such as proton beam therapy, shown being applied at Massachusetts General Hospital. More study has been urged on the effectiveness of treatments such as proton beam therapy, shown being applied at Massachusetts General Hospital. (Globe file photo)
By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / March 2, 2009

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WASHINGTON - "Harder on Cancer, easier on you," proclaims the banner on the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute website, a pitch to men scouring the Internet for advice on prostate cancer. This type of radiation treatment targets tumors more precisely than X-rays, the site claims, reducing side effects. (Full article: 1254 words)

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