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Blue Shield won’t pay for proton cancer treatment
Southern California Public Radio

A major California health insurer says it won’t pay for an expensive cancer treatment because there’s no science to justify the price. Beginning in October, Blue Shield of California won’t cover proton beam treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. Blue Shield will continue to pay for the proton treatment of certain tumors in children. The therapy can attack cancer cells and spare healthy tissue but many studies have found it’s no more effective than older and cheaper alternatives.