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WEEKLY WEB REVIEW – WEEK 39

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Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is offering new treatment options and giving young cancer patients a chance at life. PROTON THERAPY FOR HAWAIIAN 8-YEAR-OLD  Auriana Charbonneau, an 8-year-old girl from Honokaa, Hawaii who’s been fighting a brain tumor and travelled to Michigan for proton therapy over the summer, just completed her last session earlier this month. At 2 years old, Auriana underwent surgery to remove a tumor that caused headaches and loss of vision in her left eye. Due to its location, doctors felt additional surgery was no longer viable, fearing neurological damage or death. Ten months prior to her treatment in Michigan, an MRI scan showed her tumor was growing. After her... Full article

WEEKLY WEB REVIEW – WEEK 38

Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is offering new treatment options and giving kids a chance. CROWDFUNDING FOR BRAVE AMELIA The parents of Amelia Elphee, a 4-year-old from West Yorkshire in the UK, are raising £3,000 to help fund overseas living expenses and outings to make her proton therapy treatments for a cancerous brain tumor a more positive experience. “My daughter Amelia has just been diagnosed with a high grade neuroepithelial brain tumor with MN1 alterations. This is a rare kind of brain... Full article

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A new nozzle for uniform proton beam scanning

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For years now, if proton therapy practitioners wanted to benefit from a uniform dose distribution when using active scanning techniques, they needed their facility to design and develop a uniform scanning dedicated system. In fact, medical physicists at three different proton therapy centers in the world did just that, at considerable time and expense. But such an enormous R&D investment will no longer be required.... Full article

PBS, the future of proton therapy

the future of proton therapy
A team of researchers, clinicians and physicists from Belgium, Korea, Massachusetts and Florida is working to create the future of proton therapy. Though geographically dispersed, their ideological aim is extremely focused: to develop, test and ultimately deliver a new form of proton therapy to patients: Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS). Currently, the most prevalent form of proton therapy delivery is double or single... Full article

Treating cancer with Pencil Beam Scanning

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Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) is a new technology being developed to fasten and sharpen the delivery of intensity-modulated proton therapy without the usage of aperture and compensators. It is being designed to be the revolutionary proton delivery technique of the coming years and to improve both treatment easiness and patient throughput. The development of PBS is speeding up thanks to the intense and productive... Full article

New robotic patient positioner

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A state-of-the-art robotic patient positioner has been developed by ProCure Treatment Centers in partnership with another US company, Forte Automation Solutions, and has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The robotic positioner offers such automated and useful functions as moving the patient around under the nozzle, providing more freedom to precisely position the target under the treatment... Full article
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