Korea promotes medical tourism to attract proton therapy patients

by Barbara Kram ,  DOTmed.com | 2010-07-15

South Korea wants to become a "radiation vacation" destination.

American prostate cancer patients sometimes joke that their course of treatment at U.S. proton therapy centers like Loma Linda, California or Jacksonville, Florida is like taking a "radiation vacation." Patients undergo eight weeks of brief daily treatments and typically feel no ill effects, allowing plenty of time for golf and relaxation.


Now the government of South Korea wants a piece of the action and invited DOTmed News and other media outlets and organizations to Seoul to get the word out about the proton therapy center within Korea's National Cancer Center. A press event was held July 8 for the signing of a memorandum of understanding by NCC President Dr. Jin Soo Lee and Charm Lee, president of the Korea Tourism Organization. The MOU is similar to a proclamation lauding the proton program and stating the intent to promote Korea's medical offerings.

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