Archives: Clinical applications



170512 - Weekly Web Review - Week 19
Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is raising awareness and generosity, and offering a better quality of life during and after treatment. MEET CLARE, BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR Clare Parker is a 66-year-old woman with no family history of breast cancer. In July 2016, she visited her doctor to complete her annual mammogram, but this time the visit wasn’t so typical: she had stage 1 ductile carcinoma.  Clare was startled and scared to hear the diagnosis. After performing a lumpectomy, her oncologist recommended specialist proton therapy at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, to prevent unnecessary radiation to her heart, lungs and surrounding organs, resulting in fewer side effects. Receiving... Full article

From the editors – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Dear Readers, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer still touches too many of our moms, sisters and daughters. Proton Therapy Today is willing to help, to support the huge effort that is being made by thousands of people worldwide and to help them raise awareness about this disease. Over the next ten days, we will publish a series of articles and reviews about breast cancer and how proton therapy can... Full article

From our readers – Be Positive like the Protons

I am a 30 year survivor of a clival chordoma.  I was first diagnosed in September of 1983.  We found Mass General / Harvard Cyclotron by luck. In 1983 nobody had any idea what a chordoma was let alone any medical protocols.  October 17, 1983 I had a transphenodial biopsy done at Mass General and then on October 31, 1983 I started my 7000 rads of experimental proton bean radiation therapy at the Harvard Cyclotron in Cambridge. Over the 30 years I have terrible headaches every day, double vision, tinnitus and lately pituitary failure {hypopituitary}.  I have also worked every... Full article

Proton therapy, education can help remedy racial disparities in prostate cancer care

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African American men diagnosed with very low-risk prostate cancers are much more likely than white men to actually have aggressive disease that goes undetected with current diagnostic methods, a John Hopkins study recently suggested. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer occurs more often in African American men than in men of other races. African American men are also more likely to be diagnosed at... Full article

PSA testing is an important early-detection tool for prostate cancer

In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised the elimination of a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for prostate cancer in healthy men. Champions for early detection of the disease were not pleased.   “They are doing the male population in this country a huge disservice,” said Robert Marckini, author of the book, “You Can Beat Prostate Cancer” and founder of... Full article

Web Review – Proton therapy for pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the trickiest forms of cancer because it is very difficult to find and treat. However, state-of-the-art proton therapy raises hope and might change the outcomes of this disease, despite the challenges and difficulties it involves for researchers and clinicians. There are currently no specific tools to detect pancreatic cancer in its early stages. Its symptoms often  mimic those of other sicknesses. That’s why pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major forms of cancer. 94% percent of patients that are diagnosed die within 5 years. Life... Full article

Generosity of hometown secures Proton Therapy for British boy in Boston

Alexander Novakovic, 7-year-old is undergoing proton therapy at MGH
Plans are under way for the first Proton Therapy centers to open in the United Kingdom in 2017. But Jasmin Novakovic, a mother from Aylesbury, couldn’t wait four years. Her 7-year-old son, Alex, has brain cancer. Terminal brain cancer, her local National Health Service (NHS) physicians informed her. A medulloblastoma. Despite surgery and chemotherapy, the doctors told Jasmin, “ ‘The cancer has spread... 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

Web review – Proton therapy for ocular tumors at UCSF

Ocular Melanoma program at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), uses protons to treat ocular or uveal melanomas, which occur in the iris, ciliary body or choroid regions of the eye. The UCSF Ocular Melanoma Proton Radiation Program is one of a very select group of programs across the nation and world, which has long-term experience in treating uveal melanomas. They have been using particle radiation therapy since 1978 and have treated more than one thousand patients with uveal melanoma. Proton or charged particle radiation, which is one type of radiation therapy, is very... Full article

Proton therapy for breast cancer in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Breakthrough medical technology is now used to fight breast cancer at ProCure in Oklahoma City. The center is one of only 10 across the country that uses proton therapy. The treatment finds and blasts specific tumors with radiation, sparing the rest of the body and healthy tissue. According to Dr. Nancy Cersonsky, a radiation oncologist, patients report less pain and tiredness and fewer side effects when... Full article

Proton therapy to treat breast cancer

Proton therapy is currently used to treat brain, spinal and prostate cancers, as well as many paediatric tumours. Another potentially significant application is the treatment of patients with breast cancer, as proton beam therapy may offer them the benefits of radiation without some of its serious side effects, which include heart disease. Breast cancer patients who receive radiation therapy face higher risk of heart attacks and other heart-related problems in the long run. The risk is particularly pronounced for women who receive radiation treatment for their left breast because of its... Full article