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Proton beam therapy: Public consultation needed as it's also about quality of life

When proton beam therapy is available here from 2021, it promises better treatment for patients, especially those with head and neck cancers, tumours close to the spine and for children suffering from the disease.

It does far less damage to surrounding tissues and organs, compared to conventional radiation treatment, which is why some hospitals overseas are now using it for other cancers, such as prostate, lung, breast and liver.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2018, with the headline 'Proton beam therapy: Public consultation needed as it's also about quality of life'. Print Edition | Subscribe