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

Page last updated: 21 March 2017

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

New non-MBS item

Medical Service Type

Therapeutic medical service

Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 97 KB)

Consultation Survey (Word 508 KB)

PICO Confirmation

1455 PICO Confirmation (PDF 334 KB)

1455 PICO Confirmation (Word 428 KB)

Assessment Report

Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


12 April 2017