Euretina Medal Lecturer lauds proton beam irradiation

HAMBURG — Proton beam irradiation has been a major breakthrough in the treatment of uveal melanoma, overcoming several limitations of previous systems and providing  tumor control over 10 years in 98% of cases, a speaker said here.Leonidas Zografos, MD, this year’s Euretina Medal Lecturer, said that since the introduction of proton beam irradiation in the United States in 1975 and in Europe in 1984, about 25,000 to 30,000 uveal melanoma cases have been treated in more than 10 major units worldwide with this modality.

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