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Thousands of miles from his Austin, Texas, home, endurance athletes coached by Bill Earthman are training for grueling, day-long tests of strength and stamina like no other: the Ironman Triathlon.   Bill’s athletes live and train in the U.S., the U.K., South Africa, Peru, Mexico and Australia. And they may travel to nearly every continent of the world to compete in Ironman Triathlon series events.   Participants first must swim 2.4 miles. Then, they immediately bike a 112-mile route. And finally, they run 26.2 miles. All in 17 hours or less, challenged by weather, waters and terrain unique to the venue — and by the body’s creeping levels of lactic acid that can cripple an athlete’s performance.   “You don’t want to work too hard or work too... Full article

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,... Full article

Preliminary reports show promise of protons for treating head and neck cancers

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Four months into treating patients with head and neck cancers using pencil beam scanning with protons, Alexander Lin, MD, is optimistic about the results he is seeing so far. Many cancers are in remission and patients aren’t experiencing the life-changing side effects so common among those treated with conventional radiation.   When it comes to sheer cancer-killing power, “protons and photons are equally... Full article

Secondary and recurrent cancers may be good candidates for protons

Anita Mahajan, MD, medical director at MD Anderson Proton Center in Houston, Texas.
For cancer survivors, cancer’s return can be a sudden, agonizing punch to the gut. And that’s especially true for patients whose cancer develops in the same area where the first cancer had been successfully treated with radiation. Physicians have a harder time using photon treatments a second time. They don’t want inadvertent radiation to re-injure adjacent tissues and organs — over and above the... Full article

Protons may lower risk of radiation-related heart disease among breast cancer patients

Dr. Julie Bradley, Radiation Oncologist at UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
If only Dr. Julie Bradley could speed up time, she would confirm what she suspects: Breast cancer survivors treated with protons will be much less likely to die from heart disease than those treated with photon radiation. But Bradley is no wizard. She’s a radiation oncologist at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. And she and other researchers are working to find clear signs... Full article

Web review – Leading physicians join the Scripps proton therapy center

Two highly regarded radiation oncologists, Ryan Grover, M.D., and Huan Giap, M.D., Ph.D., have joined the medical staff at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, expected to open for patient care in late summer 2013. Dr. Grover joins Scripps Clinic as chief of head and neck, central nervous system, sarcoma and gynecologic proton beam therapy. In his new role, he will be responsible for patient consultations, treatment planning and treatment management. Previously, Dr. Grover was chief of head and neck radiation oncology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., where he... Full article

Intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) gives doctors more flexibility to treat complex tumors

Dr. Anita Mahajan, medical director of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas.
As sophisticated as Proton Therapy is today for successfully treating cancers with few side effects, proton beam technologies continue to advance to meet the clinical needs of cancer patients. The latest generation of proton treatment methods is called intensity-modulated proton therapy or IMPT. IMPT lets radiation oncologists adjust the precision, depth and intensity of a proton beam to the peaks and valleys of... Full article

Press release: Provision Center for Proton Therapy Names Medical Director: Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist Will Lead Tennessee’s First Proton Center

The Provision Center for Proton Therapy announced today it has named Marcio Fagundes, M.D., as medical director.  A board-certified radiation oncologist, he comes to Knoxville from the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City where he has practiced proton therapy and conducted significant research.  He will start his new role on July 15. “The addition of Dr. Fagundes as medical director is another important step in building our team of proton therapy experts,” said Mary Lou DuBois, President of Provision Center for Proton Therapy.  “He is an extremely knowledgeable and... Full article

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center Names New Associate Medical Director

SCCA Proton Therapy Center, a ProCure Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center, has recruited two expert radiation oncologists from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ramesh Rengan joins SCCA Proton Therapy as the new associate medical director and Dr. Smith “Jim” Apisarnthanarax as a practicing radiation oncologist. Both physicians will also join the University of Washington School of Medicine as Associate Professors. “Our... Full article

Web Review: Interview of Dr. Simone : proton therapy for lung cancer

Charles Simone, MD, chief of thoracic service in the department of radiation oncology at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center at Penn Medicine was interviewed on CBS 3 to discuss proton therapy for lung cancer. Learn how protons are changing the way lung cancer is treated. Lung cancer is the 2nd most common cancer and the number one killer of men and women in North America. It counts for more deaths that breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but targeting that radiation is a critical aspect to a successful outcome.... Full article

Review – Pediatric proton therapy program awarded

The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI, Jacksonville) was granted a special award for its pediatric program at the annual Celebration of Excellence Awards event of the UF Shands Cancer Center. UFPTI a nonprofit organization affiliated with the UF College of Medicine, dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art cancer treatment and setting new standards for treating and curing cancer. The cancer treatment facility houses both conventional radiation and proton therapy, and delivers proton therapy to 110 patients a day. The institute treats on average 20 children each day,... Full article