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Below is a more technical post on what I think is one of the most powerful studies to come out this year. This study was presented at ASCO this summer and showed that by treating patients with protons rather than with traditional x-rays, patients suffered significantly less side effects. This has broad reaching ramifications due to the scope of the impact. I’d guess that currently about 1/3 of all radiation patients are treated with concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I currently practice in Oklahoma. This data suggests that essentially 1/3 of patients treated in the neighboring states of Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado could avoid hospitalization 15% of the time if they had access to proton therapy. I have written a more patient friendly review of this content, but I think it is important to summarize the clinical technical details of a critical trial in a more technical fashion.