Research NewsCANCER THERAPY

Heavy Ions Pack Powerful Punch

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Science  12 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5345, pp. 1884
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5345.1884

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CHIBA, JAPAN-- A high-stakes experiment in cancer therapy appears to be paying significant short-term dividends for dozens of patients. A team of researchers at a recent conference here presented preliminary results indicating that expensive treatments with beams of carbon ions showed promise against a variety of tumors that had been considered untreatable or had resisted previous treatments. But questions remain about the long-term efficacy of the approach, as well as about its value for money.