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

Page last updated: 31 July 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


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Associated Documentation

Application Form


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

Contracted Assessment Report (PDF 1765 KB)
Contracted Assessment Report (Word 1352 KB)

Public Summary Document

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

Meetings for this Application


12 April 2017


5 October 2018


22-23 November 2018