Proton Therapy: Precision vs. Profits
Proton beam therapy can save some cancer patients — just not always the ones medical centers market it to.
When 5-year-old Jonathan Alava complained about stomach pains one day in February 2012, his mother, Shinna, laid him on the couch and rubbed his tummy. Only the flu, she figured; another preschool bug. Then she felt the hard lump, immediately knowing it didn’t belong and dreading its meaning. Diagnosis: a malignant tumor 10 centimeters wide, the size of a small grapefruit.
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