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WEB REVIEW – The story of a 3-time cancer survivor

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Larry Zaruba, 59, a retired teacher of auto mechanics at Yoakum High School, Texas, has survived three battles against cancer during the past decade. After smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes a day for 25 years, Zaruba quit cold turkey at the age of 41. However, he did not avoid the onset of three different cancers. "Smokers can retain damage several decades," said Dr. William Morrison from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "But there's always a benefit to quitting and the sooner, the better." In 2003, Larry was diagnosed with soft palate cancer. He had proton therapy five days a week for six weeks at the Houston cancer center. Then in 2007, his weight dropped, and he began coughing up blood. He had stage 2 lung cancer. After 3 months of chemotherapy, half of Larry’s... Full article

WEB REVIEW – PT better than IMRT for head & neck cancer

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Proton beam therapy (PT) has a significant advantage over intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) when it comes to improving disease-free survival and tumor control in patients with head and neck cancers according to a study by Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists. The study was published in Lancet Oncology and involved a systematic review of the literature on outcomes of proton beam therapy compared to IMRT. The analysis included studies of patients who had had no previous treatment, as well as patients who had a recurrent disease. They collected data on overall survival, disease-free survival, and tumor control at five years and at the patient's longest follow-up. They found disease-free survival to be significantly higher at 5 years for patients receiving proton beam therapy... Full article

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Work on 1,500-acre Oklahoma ranch never ends for prostate cancer survivor

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There’s always work to be done on the Lazy KT ranch in northwest Oklahoma. Tending to a herd of Black Angus beef cattle. Hauling hay. Cleaning out horse stalls. Repairing a fence line. It’s a life Michael Horntvedt just loves.   The 1,500-acre ranch has been in his wife Katie Blunk’s family for three generations. It’s located outside of Freedom, Oklahoma, population 289. Michael and Katie’s closest... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Patient experience at ProCure, Somerset

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Cancer patients seek PT at ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset. Find out about their stories. Charles Piparo, 78, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in August of last year. Proton therapy at ProCure is the reason for his speedy recovery. He received 44 treatments over a 90-day period. After a six-week follow-up treatment, his tumor was gone. He is now in remission and will only be receiving... Full article

Fewer side effects lead patients with head and neck cancers to protons

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Proton radiation oncologists continue to be optimistic about the early results they are seeing in treating head and neck cancers. In the Czech Republic, a leading radiation oncologist reports that patients there who have been treated for head and neck cancers with protons are experiencing far fewer side effects than those typically experienced by photon radiation patients. “Protons have huge benefits,” says Dr.... Full article

WEB REVIEW – 6-year-old bravely battling brain cancer

Kailyn is fighting ependymoma, a rare form of brain cancer
Kailyn Hewitt is much like any other 6-year-old girl who likes swimming, coloring and playing dress up, except she has already endured 3 brain surgeries and many other setbacks from her rare form of cancer.   On August 23rd last year, the little girl was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma, a rapidly growing type of brain cancer, found near her cerebellum and brain stem. Approximately 200 similar cases are... Full article