Caption: The patient room where the proton beam will be eventually installed Monday, October 31, 2011, in a parking garage at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. The long-awaited proton beam accelerator for localized cancer treatments will be coming to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, three years after it was supposed to arrive. The Boston company that makes the $20 million machine has had several setbacks trying to downsize the equipment from the original $150 million, football-field sized proton machine that is controversial for its cost and lack of evidence of benefit to patients. machine has proven no better than traditional prostate therapies. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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