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August 1, 2012

Radiation Therapy Modalities for Prostate Cancer

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute, Jacksonville, Florida (Dr Mendenhall; menden@shands.ufl.edu); Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (Dr Schild); and Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California (Dr Slater).

JAMA. 2012;308(5):450. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.8112

To the Editor: Dr Sheets and colleagues1 used the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database to retrospectively compare surrogate outcomes (claims) for patients with non–metastatic prostate cancer treated with 3 radiation modalities—conformal radiation therapy, IMRT, and proton therapy—advances expected to improve disease control and toxicity outcomes through improved radiation dose distribution.

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