Lena H. Sun,The Washington Post Friday, May 31reports on a new cancer therapy:
“D.C. health officials on Friday approved plans for two of the region’s largest hospital systems to offer a controversial cancer treatment , allowing MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital to establish proton beam therapy programs.
In making the decision, health officials chose to approve a slimmed-down version of Sibley’s proposal and the original MedStar proposal, a D.C. Health Department spokeswoman said.
The decision has been closely followed by health experts because critics say it reflects a nationwide medical arms race, as hospitals scramble for dominance by investing millions of dollars in technology that has not been proven to be better than cheaper alternatives for some cancers.
In addition, the University of Maryland’s proton centre in Baltimore is expected to start treating patients in two years; a proton centre at Hampton University in Virginia’s Tidewater area, about 180 miles to the south, opened in 2010…..”
I wonder when if ever this treatment will be available to Regional Health Services in the UK? If we accepted overt rationing it should be possible to aspire to excellence..