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Patterns of Proton Beam Therapy Use in Clinical Practice between 2007 and 2019 in Korea / Journal of the Korean Cancer Association, 대한암학회지
Cancer Research and Treatment ; : 935-943, 2021.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-913791
ABSTRACT
Purpose@#Proton beam therapy (PBT) is a state-of-the-art technology employed in radiotherapy (RT) for cancer patients. This study characterized how PBT has been used in clinical practice in Korea. @*Materials and Methods@#Patients who received any type of RT between 2007 and 2019 were identified from the radiation oncology registry of the two PBT facilities operating in Korea (National Cancer Center and Samsung Medical Center). The chi-square test was used to identify patient- and treatment-related characteristics associated with the receipt of PBT. @*Results@#A total of 54,035 patients had been treated with some form of RT in the two institutions, of whom 5,398 received PBT (10.0%). The number of patients who receive PBT has gradually increased since PBT first started, from 162 patients in 2007 to 1,304 patients in 2019. Among all types of cancer, PBT use in liver cancer has been steadily increasing from 20% in 2008-2009 to 32% in 2018-2019. In contrast, that in prostate cancer has been continuously decreasing from 20% in 2008-2009 to < 10% in 2018-2019. Male sex, very young or old age, stage I-II disease, residency in non-capital areas, a definitive setting, a curative treatment aim, enrollment in a clinical trial, re-irradiation and insurance coverage were significantly associated with the receipt of PBT (all p < 0.05). @*Conclusion@#Since PBT started in Korea, the number of patients receiving PBT has increased to more than 1,000 per year and treatment indications have expanded. Liver cancer is the most common primary tumor among all PBT cases in Korea.
Full text: Available Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Cancer Research and Treatment Year: 2021 Type: Article

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Full text: Available Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Cancer Research and Treatment Year: 2021 Type: Article