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WEB REVIEW – Father-to-be vows to battle brain tumor

Kerry and Mark Kelso are preparing for the birth of their first child. It should be the happiest time of their lives, but they are also facing an uncertain future as Mark has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Mark first realized there was something wrong when he started to suffer from double vision and headaches last year. The couple were just celebrating Kerry's first pregnancy when they were given the devastating diagnosis. Only 14 adults a year are diagnosed with this type of tumor, but fortunately, it is not cancerous. Mark has vowed to stay strong for his unborn baby as he prepares for treatment. He is set to undergo surgery to remove his tumor, which is the size of a golf ball right behind his eye, but he will also need to fly abroad for special pioneering treatment funded... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Battling breast cancer with protons

A 71-year-old Califorian is the first breast cancer patient to receive treatment with proton therapy at the recently opened Scripps Proton Therapy Center, which is one of the 15 operational proton centers in the USA. Anastasia C. Berkheimer chose to have proton radiation because of its precision compared to traditional X-rays. A report published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who received X-ray treatments to their left breast developed a higher risk for heart disease, which was directly linked to the dose and volume of heart that was irradiated during treatment. Having a heart condition, Anastasia wanted to protect both her heart and lungs, located just beneath the tumor. Proton therapy precisely directs the beam at the tumor, allowing to... Full article



WEB REVIEW – 9-year-old fighting brain cancer

Cameron Rowell is taking on his biggest opponent yet, brain cancer. The 9-year-old who plays football, baseball and basketball was diagnosed with an ependymoma on February 28. The symptoms started a couple weeks after he was hit in the head with a baseball. Glenn and Elicia Rowell worried their son’s pain and overall lethargy had to do with the injury. At the hospital, they were preparing for a concussion or even... Full article

Proton beams are big guns against HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers

Doctor Alexander Lin
Radiation oncologists are using protons against a growing number of oropharyngeal cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). “We’re seeing a decrease in smoking-related head and neck cancers and an increase in HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers,” said Alexander Lin, MD, clinical operations director at Penn Medicine’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn Medicine is the branded... Full article

WEB REVIEW – A legacy of hope

Beth proton therapy treatment
Beth was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor known as craniopharyngioma when she was a college sophomore. After six weeks of daily proton therapy, which lasted from one to two hours each, Beth’s tumor is now smaller. When Beth realized she was sick, doctors either didn’t believe her or couldn’t determine what was wrong. For several years, she kept a thick notebook of thoughts, online research and test results in an... Full article

WEB REVIEW –Young girl with cancer brighteningother patients’ days

Mia proton therapy fight
Five days a week, for several hours each time, 7-year-old Mia Spargo of Lake Jackson, Texas comes to get specialized proton therapy treatment at the Texas Medical Center. With her mother by herside, she's battling a rare form of brain cancer. Mia is very sweet, with a laugh and smile that will warm your heart. And she is also a wonderful little girl who tries to brighten the days of other young cancer patients... Full article