EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY OF CARBON ION BEAM RADIOTHERAPY (CIRT)
- Original publication: Goetz, G, Mitic, M. Carbon ion beam radiotherapy (CIRT) for can-cer treatment: a systematic review of effectiveness and safety for 12 oncologic indications. HTA Project Report No. 101; 2018. Vienna: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment.
- This KCE has read for you was prepared by Lorena San Miguel and Frank Hulstaert
- Published on 4 February 2019
KEY MESSAGES FROM THE ORIGNAL PUBLICATION
- Only 1 randomised, open label, pilot study (high risk of bias) focusing on safety and 3 case-control studies (moderate risk of bias).
- Overall, 54 indications were studied. No evidence was found for 41 indications, and insufficient scientific evidence was found for the remaining 13.
- The technique should, to this date, be considered as “experimental”.
- More research (RCTs) is needed to reach clear conclusions on the clinical value of CIRT for cancer therapy.
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