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Blue Shield Reduces Coverage for Proton Beam Cancer Treatment
California Healthline

This week, Blue Shield of California announced that it will reduce coverage of a type of cancer treatment called proton beam therapy, the Los Angeles Times reports. The therapy method uses as cyclotron to speed protons up to nearly the speed of light. The protons then form a beam about the width of a pencil that can target cancer cells with greater precision than traditional radiation treatments. According to the Times, such accuracy can be especially helpful in cases when tumors are near a patient’s eye, brain or other crucial organs.