Benefits, Costs Weigh on Proton Therapy

December 1, 2009


Eric Backes, director of Proton and Physics in the department of Radiation Oncology, and Stephen Hahn, MD, chairman of the department of Radiation Oncology, are quoted in "Marketplace" story about proton therapy on National Public Radio. Though insurance coverage for proton therapy -- which is currently more expensive than conventional radiation -- remains controversial, Hahn says that Penn's new Roberts Proton Therapy Center is committed to studying the best uses of the technology. "If we can define the patients where proton therapy really does benefit them, then I would say as a society we have to come up with the money to do this, because it's the best thing for cancer patients," he says... Read More