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WEB REVIEW – Teen hopeful thanks to proton therapy

Natalie Wright, 17, of Provo, Utah is hopeful the completion of proton therapy she received at a San Diego hospital will curb the growth of her tumor. Natalie was the first teen to finish the treatment at the hospital.   When Natalie was 2, a walnut-sized tumor was found above her brain stem after her parents noticed she was drooling a lot and had trouble swallowing. A few days later, doctors removed most of the tumor but some pieces were inoperable. Over the next decade and a half, she underwent two more operations, which left her without the ability to swallow and without... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Raising awareness of melanoma

A woman with melanoma is sharing her story in hopes of raising awareness about her disease, one of the most serious forms of skin cancer, affecting young adults.   "I assumed it was so easy to take care of", Tara Miller told herself when she discovered a bump behind her ear. But it was something much more serious than the 29-year-old would have ever imagined. The stage IV melanoma diagnosis was a shock, as Tara had always made a point of getting yearly skin checks, and applying sunscreen whenever she went outside.   Doctors figured it started from a mole. 11 months... Full article

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House inspector kept scaling roofs during prostate cancer treatment

George was told to get robotic surgery to cure his prostate cancer but et chose proton therapy instead !
For 13 years, no rooftop was too tall for George Groeber to climb and inspect. He’d figure out a way to get up there. He had to. He knew families counted on him to be sure the biggest financial investment of their lives — a new home — was structurally sound and safe from top to bottom. And that they’re getting what they’re paying for. When George was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2013, he... Full article

WEB REVIEW – PT center in the UK

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The plans for a new £125m cutting-edge proton therapy center at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, UK have been unveiled. It will be the first of the country, and is expected to open in 2018. Currently,  anyone seeking proton therapy on the NHS has to travel abroad to access it. The therapy is designed to limit side effects on patients, particularly children. It is hoped the center will allow more people than ever... Full article

WEB REVIEW – English teacher battling cancer and insurance company

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Carin Graber, an English teacher at Bonnabel High School in Kenner, Louisiana is battling both brain cancer and her insurance company. After two prior surgeries, Carin’s doctor at MD Anderson in Texas wanted to try an advanced type of radiation called Proton Beam Therapy. "I think it's probably about twice as expensive as normal radiation, but quite a bit safer for a cancer patient that has brain cancer," said her... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Raising £40k for little boy’s US proton treatment

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Jayden Nicol, a brave British six-year-old, has flown to the US to fight his cancer and undergo potentially life-saving proton therapy treatment after his family rallied to raise £40,000 in just three weeks. Jayden was first seen by doctors when his family took him to St John’s Hospital in Livingston after he was sick every morning for weeks. An MRI scan revealed a massive tumor on his brain stem. He was diagnosed... Full article