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PROTONS GETTING HIGH MARKS FOR TREATING GI CANCERS

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  Harmful spillover radiation to the bowels, stomach and liver has soured many cancer physicians on using conventional radiation concurrently with chemotherapy or surgery for treating gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.   But the lesser side effects of highly targeted proton radiation may dramatically change the negative perceptions about using radiation for GI cancers.   “Conventional radiation treatments for GI cancers have definitely been marginalized in pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer and rectal cancer,” says John Plastaras, M.D., a GI cancer specialist at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center and associate professor of radiation oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, part of Penn Medicine in Philadelphia,... Full article

Hodgkin lymphoma study shows prospect of long-term benefits of proton therapy

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Smaller amounts of spillover radiation to healthy tissue and organs have heightened interest in using protons to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.   In the first-of-its-kind study, prospectively comparing radiation dose to normal tissue for involved-node proton therapy with three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in Hodgkin lymphoma patients, the mean dose of... Full article

WEB REVIEW – PT better than IMRT for head & neck cancer

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Proton beam therapy (PT) has a significant advantage over intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) when it comes to improving disease-free survival and tumor control in patients with head and neck cancers according to a study by Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists. The study was published in Lancet Oncology and involved a systematic review of the literature on outcomes of proton beam therapy compared to IMRT. The... Full article

Numbers, types of proton therapy clinical studies on the rise

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With 14 proton therapy centers currently operating in the United States and an additional 28 up and running worldwide, studies on the efficacy of using proton beam therapy for cancer treatment are being more widely conducted now than ever before. “Ten years ago, there were only three proton centers operating in the United States, so the number of patients who were being treated and actually could be included in... Full article

WEB REVIEW – PT : safest radiation treatment for pediatric tumors

Dr. Lilia Loredo is assistant professor of radiation oncology, Department of Radiation Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center's Proton Treatment and Research Center.
If your child was diagnosed with cancer, you would want to find the best, smartest and most pain-free treatment available. For a growing number of pediatric patients and their parents, it is clear that proton beam radiation may be the most desirable course of action to pursue. But sadly, that too many patients and their doctors remain unfamiliar with proton therapy and its documented benefits. This unawareness is partly... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton therapy for head & neck cancer

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More than 100,000 people will be diagnosed with head and neck cancer this year in the US, according to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. While many of those cancers are curable, patients face a number of challenges due to their complex location. Physicians are tasked with preserving healthy surrounding structures such as the optic nerves, eyes, brain stem, and spinal cord while also treating a patient’s malignant... Full article

High school senior eager to play baseball after proton and chemo treatments

Aaron Miranda, a 17-year-old senior at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California
The outfielder is speeding across the grass, intently tracking the white ball’s trajectory against the brilliant blue sky. Running. Running. Left arm extended. Rotating his glove for a back-handed catch. Reaching to where he anticipates the ball will be. The thwack of the ball in his leather baseball glove brings elation. He ends his run in a satisfied trot, pivots and tosses the ball to the second baseman. Aaron... Full article

Proton beams are big guns against HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers

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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 – Proton therapy for children with tumors near the brainstem

According to a new study, proton therapy can be used safely and effectively to treat pediatric sarcomas and brain tumors adjacent to the brainstem. The study’s findings were presented in October 2013 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 55th annual meeting, held in Atlanta (GA, USA), by lead researcher Daniel J. Indelicato, MD, associate professor at the University of Florida, in the department of radiation oncology. The study describes the findings of 313 children who received a high radiation dose to the area around the brainstem, and is the largest of this type ever... Full article

Today is World Cancer Day. Let us debunk the myths about Proton Therapy!

Today is World Cancer Day. Let us debunk the myths about Proton Therapy!
Today is World Cancer Day (http://www.worldcancerday.org/ ). World Cancer Day is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. This year’s edition has been placed under the tagline “Debunk the myths”. Let us do our share of the work and debunk 3 of the numerous myths about Proton Therapy.  #1: Proton therapy is not... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton Therapy : safest radiation treatment for pediatric tumors

If your child was diagnosed with cancer, you would want to find the best, smartest and most pain-free treatment available. For a growing number of pediatric patients and their parents, it is clear that proton beam radiation may be the most desirable course of action to pursue. But sadly, that too many patients and their doctors remain unfamiliar with proton therapy and its documented benefits. This unawareness is partly due to the fact that there are only 12 proton therapy centers in the US. Combined, these centers treat approximately 10,000 patients a year, or less than 1% of all... Full article
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