For many cancer patients, proton beam radiation therapy is a big advance over traditional radiation therapy. It is more targeted, exposes less area to radiation and causes fewer side-effects.

The problem is, proton beam therapy is not available in Canada, which creates major barriers to care.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Derek Tsang of University of Toronto writes about the advantages of proton therapy, and the impact of not having a facility for it in Canada. Canadian patients have to travel out of the country to get treatment because Canada is the only G7 country without a proton therapy facility.

Canadian guidelines suggest many other cancers would benefit from proton therapy, including some types of brain, head-and-neck and soft-tissue tumours,” he writes. “The benefits of proton therapy are especially important for children, teenagers and young adults with cancer, as they can live a long time when cured of their cancer.”

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Patricia Nicholson

Health + Medicine Editor

A proton therapy treatment room at a facility in Prague, Czech Republic. Canada lags behind other countries in providing this treatment. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Proton beam therapy: A modern treatment for cancer, but not in Canada (yet)

Derek Tsang, University of Toronto

Proton beam therapy is a precise form of radiation that can reduce the side-effects of cancer treatment. It is available around the world, but not in Canada.

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Israel isn’t complying with the International Court of Justice ruling — what happens next?

Basema Al-Alami, University of Toronto

Is Israel changing course following the recent ruling by the International Court of Justice? It appears not, and that poses risks for the international community, including Canada.

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The motherhood pay gap: Why women’s earnings decline after having children

Marie Connolly, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Catherine Haeck, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

New research shows that women’s earnings are negatively impacted by having children, while men’s aren’t. The effects can be long-lasting and contribute to the gender pay gap.

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Turkey’s push for post-earthquake reconstruction puts speed over housing quality

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La Conversation Canada

Québec et Ottawa ont longuement négocié avant de conclure une entente pour débloquer 900 millions de dollars provenant du Fonds pour accélérer la construction de logements, ce qui a occasionné des délais supplémentaires, en pleine crise du logement. (Shutterstock)

Québec interdit aux villes de s’entendre avec Ottawa sans son autorisation, notamment en matière de transport et de logement. Un exemple à suivre ?

Fanny Tremblay-Racicot, École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP)

L’interdiction aux villes québécoises de signer des ententes directement avec le gouvernement fédéral a nui au développement du transport collectif, ainsi qu’à la construction de logements.



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