Proton Beam Techology

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More is not better
In the article “It cost more but is it worth more” Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Steven D.
Pearson is against the idea about the investment towards new proton beam treatment. The new technology will cost more than $180 million just to build a facility to use the proton beam machines. Emanuel and Pearson argue in favor of Americans because they do not believe that
Americans taxpayers should pay the excessive amount of money towards proton beam machines that lack evidence of curing cancer more effectively. The issue that arises about the topic is that there are cheaper alternatives of radiation, that cancer patients can receive for fraction of the price of proton beam therapy which can cost $50,000 a treatment. During these hard economic times it is unreasonable to follow through with the outrageous sum of money it requires and yet it does not have any significant scientific evidence it can cure cancer. Therefore the money going towards the proton beam technology is better used elsewhere. Instead of spending the outrageous sum of money on the two new proton beam treatment facilities at the Mayo Clinic which are located in Minnesota and Arizona because it will cost more than $180 million dollars each. The claim that the authors wanted to make to the public is that the proton beam technology should not be invested in because of its high risk and low reward . The benefit cost analysis of having proton beam technology compare to not having it, is pretty obvious. The

proton beam technology is inferior to other forms of radiation treatment for cancer patients even though it cost twice as much. Therefore the money invested in the technology would be better served elsewhere. There only has been one random trial with a small insignificant sample size using the proton beam radiation. With such a small number of patients…...

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