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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

From Cars to Proton Therapy

Steve Geary,Senior Machinist Machine Shop at CDH Proton Center, a ProCure Center , holds a brass aperture (left) and a range compensator (right). Each Proton Therapy patient receives a unique set for treatment.
Two years ago as Steve Geary traveled the freshly painted hallways of ProCure’s suburban Chicago proton center, interviewing for a Senior Machinist position, he knew he had finally found the place where his 35 years of auto industry experience would be put to good use. “After years of searching for the right opportunity, ProCure was the only place I could see myself working,” said Geary. “I knew this was the... Full article

Oncology nurse helps kids avoid anesthesia

Mentoring program created by oncology nurse to help young patients avoid anesthesia during treatment In August 2010, Bolton developed a mentoring program to help children avoid anesthesia during proton therapy. Generally speaking, children up to age 7 receive anesthesia to ensure immobility during treatment. However, sometimes it is apparent at the initial consult that some children between the ages of 6 and 7 may be able to proceed through the treatment without anesthesia. If this is the case, the mentoring program is discussed with the parents and the child. Bolton mentored the first... Full article

Nurses vital to Mass General pediatric proton care team

Cancer diagnosis and treatment is challenging for the most knowledgeable adult patient. For a child, the experience can be even more intimidating and frightening. Often, it is a pediatric oncology nurse who provides care and comfort, and helps make the experience less scary for children and their families. The Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, treats... Full article

A specialist to care for child’s life?

Cancer diagnosis and treatment is challenging for the most knowledgeable adult patient. For a child, the experience can be even more intimidating and frightening. Children process information differently than adults, with distinct needs for managing the impact of stress and trauma. A child life specialist understands this unique perspective. Children being treated for cancer at the Burr Proton Therapy Center often... Full article

Siblings not left out

Cancer treatment is a life changing experience for both the patient and its family. For children, the experience can be even more intimidating and frightening. Nurses together with Super Sibs! ensure siblings are not left out. At the Burr Proton Therapy Center , patients’ siblings are included in playtimes. Rachel Bolton, R.N. is one of four nurses on the proton therapy team. She registers them in Super Sibs!, a nonprofit organization that provides services in the United States and Canada to recognize brothers and sisters of children diagnosed with cancer. They receive support tools,... Full article