China FDA approves first proton carbon ion therapy for Siemens device

China's FDA has disclosed its first approval of proton carbon ion therapy equipment by clearing the Siemens device at the Shanghai Heavy Ion Proton Hospital to treat cancer patients with radiation. The Siemens IONTRIS particle-therapy accelerator focuses a proton or carbon ion beam on systemic solid tumors and some benign diseases at a fixed angle to deliver radiation. The CFDA said it also would strengthen its postmarket regulations to cover safety issues associated with the equipment. Statement (in Chinese)