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

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

Eye tracking system unique to Korea

An automatic tracking system to facilitate gating of the eye during treatment of orbital cancer has been developed by the National Cancer Center of Korea (NCC). Patients are seated for treatment with the affected eye propped open, head and neck immobilized, facing a proton beam nozzle. A computer screen shows the eyeball, with an x-axis and y-axis indicating the optimal time to inject the beam into the tumor. “The... Full article

Cone Beam CT research under way

NCC Korea is helping advance the use of Cone Beam computed tomography (CT) to help more precisely position the proton beam for optimal effectiveness. “Cone Beam CT will allow us to have 3-D patient imaging so we can calculate the proton beam very accurately,” says Se Byeong Lee, Ph.D., chief medical physicist, National Cancer Center of Korea (NCC). The benefits of 3-D imaging include more detailed information on beam alignment, the ability to respond to patient anatomical changes and the ability to re-plan beam arrangements. Currently, NCC is using 2-D X-ray technology to... Full article

Proton therapy clinical trials cover a wide range of cancers

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    More than 8,400 participants have been or are being recruited from around the world for cancer studies involving proton therapy, according to the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. The nearly 70 studies cover more than a dozen types of cancer. Two other clinical studies are collecting data from approximately 10,000 patients who have already been treated with proton therapy. These studies... Full article

UPenn treating local, recurrent pancreatic cancers with proton beams and chemotherapy

Keen to the targeted cancer-killing power of protons with little radiation exposure to nearby vital organs, radiation oncologists at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center in Philadelphia are the first in the world to use proton beams to treat locally recurrent pancreatic cancer. As of March 2010, three relapsed pancreatic cancer patients had been treated with a combination of protons and chemotherapy under a protocol... Full article