Cost considerations about
At a first glance a treatment
with proton therapy appears 2 3 times more expensive than a comparable
conventional radiotherapy. The key cost driver is the high cost of capital because
capital expenditure for proton therapy systems is several factors higher than
for conventional radiotherapy. This is why a proton therapy center requires
a certain number of patients to break even.
On the positive side, proton therapy
has a significantly lower overall cost of treatment. Proton therapy causes significantly
less side effects and, consequently, the costs to treat side effects is only
a fraction of that for other therapeutic approaches. Besides, patients treated
with proton therapy can return to normal work life much faster which results
in significantly lower socioeconomic costs.