1455 - Proton Beam Therapy for patients supported under the Medical Treatment Overseas Program

Page last updated: 25 May 2020

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) is a medical procedure and a type of particle therapy to irradiate diseased tissue, most often in the treatment of cancer. PBT is a form of external beam radiation therapy that uses heavier particles (protons) instead of X-rays (photons), which are used in conventional radiotherapy. PBT may be used as primary treatment or as salvage therapy (in the case of recurrent disease or after failure of initial therapy).

While PBT is often used as monotherapy, it is also used as a ‘boost’ mechanism to conventional radiation therapy, or in combination with other modalities such as chemotherapy and surgery.

Description of Medical Condition

Patients with a diagnosis of one of the following conditions:

* chordoma of the axial skeleton (defined as the skull, vertebral column and bony pelvis);
* sarcoma of the axial skeleton;
* paediatric central nervous system (CNS) tumour;
* ocular melanoma;
* retinoblastoma;
* soft tissue sarcoma in close proximity to the axial skeleton (to include rhabdomyosarcoma);
* adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lacrimal or salivary glands;
* craniopharyngioma;
* intracranial germ cell tumour;
* neuroblastoma; and
* nephroblastoma.

Reason for Application

Health Technology Assessment of PBT

Medical Service Type

Therapeutic

Other Relevant Applications

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Associated Documentation

Application Form

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Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 97 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 508 KB)

PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (PDF 334 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 428 KB)

Assessment Report

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Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 535 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 424 KB)

Meetings for this Application

PASC

12 April 2017

ESC

5 October 2018

MSAC

22-23 November 2018