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Penn Medicine hosts immersion program for clinicians, physicists, administrators new to proton therapy

Neha Vapiwala, MD
Vice Chair of Education; Residency Program Director; Senior Editor, OncoLink; Advisory Dean, Perelman School of Medicine     
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Cancer center administrators, clinicians and medical physicists who are considering adding proton therapy to their cancer-fighting armamentarium will want to attend a three-day proton therapy immersion program on November 21–23, at Penn Medicinein Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Inaugural Course on Proton Therapy offers an overview of financing and developing a proton therapy center, its technology and daily operations, and the clinical application of protons. Classes will be taught by faculty, practitioners and administrators from the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. “As an academic center, one of our three missions, including patient care and research, is education,” says Neha Vapiwala, M.D., vice chair of education at the Perelman School of Medicine, and associate professor of... Full article

Educating others about oral cancer is new mission for cancer survivor

Mary will talk about oral cancer with anyone who will listen
Mary Prorokovic would like to talk to you about your mouth. Specifically, she would like to know if you are familiar with the symptoms of oral cancer and whether you’ve discussed them with your dentist or primary care physician. And it’s not just you: Mary will talk about oral cancer with anyone who will listen, from salespeople on the phone to friendly faces on the street. It’s that important to her. “I just stop people randomly,” she says. “If people misunderstand me, or if I’m in an elevator or a restaurant, I tell people what happened to me — strangers, anyone who shows me kindness. Because I didn’t know. I really think that a lot of doctors don’t know.” Mary, now 55 and living in Port Chester, New York, was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. She... Full article

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Weekly Web Review – Week 41

141011 - Weekly web review - Week 41
Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is giving hope and saving more and more families from harm. Matt jets off to the US for proton therapy Young dad Matt Rackley has flown to Oklahoma just five months after a campaign was launched to raise £150,000 to pay for pioneering treatment that could save his life. Matt, 24,  was diagnosed with... Full article

Weekly Web Review – Week 40

141003 - Weekly web review - Week 40
Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is helping more and more people and is improving cancer outcomes.   5-year-old all clear from cancer Harvey Thompson, a five-year-old boy from York, UK went to the United States for pioneering cancer treatment and is now clear of the his brain tumor. Harvey was found to have a tumor the size of... Full article

Weekly web review

140927 - Weekly web review
Check out the latest news about proton therapy :  this week, find out how this state-of-the-art cancer treatment helps saving young people facing the battle of their lives. 5-yearl-old saved by PT Young Logan Green of Arizona was given just days to live, but now looks forward to his first day of kindergarten. Last June, Logan was air-lifted to a hospital after he collapsed and was diagnosed with an aggressive... Full article

Slovakian woman sees life in new light after protons defeat rare sinus tumor

Gabriella recovering from her proton therapy and chemotherapy treatments
This is Part 2 of Gabriela’s story. Part 1 is here ! Recently married and in the second year of her career as a skincare sales representative, 31-year-old Gabriela Jágerská was shaken by her doctors’ discovery: A malignant tumor nearly the size of a tennis ball was growing in the sinus area on the right side of her face. Gabriela’s physicians in Bratislava, Slovakia, deemed surgery just too risky. As Gabriela... Full article