Proton Beam Therapy of Liver (cont.)

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How effective is this therapy in treating liver cancer?

There are not much data yet regarding the efficacy of this treatment in liver cancer. Preliminary data from the U.S. suggest similar effectiveness as seen with TACE (transarterial chemoembolization) or ablation (using radiofrequency or alcohol) for the treatment of HCC. It is not known, however, whether this type of radiation treatment can consistently prolong the life of the patient.

Medically reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology

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Medically Reviewed by Paul Oneill, MD, Board Certified Oncology

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/5/2015