Archives: Proton Therapy Centers



180413 - Weekly Web Review - Week 16
Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is helping children with cancer overcome life-threatening challenges.  COMPLETING PT WITH SUPRISES Hudson Brown, a 5-year-old from Michigan in the US who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, has just celebrated the completion of his 30 proton therapy treatments and was treated to a surprise "Transformers" party.  Hudson was diagnosed after suffering from severe headaches that made him scream in pain. His parents rushed him to the emergency room and scans revealed that a large tumor called medulloblastoma had developed in the back of his brain and on top of his brain stem. “One day, my 5-year-old is going to pre-K, and the next day his whole world is turned upside... Full article

Web Review – Proton therapy in the UK

A British medical company is working with scientists at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (Cern) to develop affordable proton beam therapy. Thousands of cancer patients could benefit from this ambitious plan to bring state-of-the-art technology into hospitals across the UK. Two proton therapy facilities are already due to be launched at specialist NHS centers in London and Manchester in 2017. But they will only be able to take 1,500 patients a year and will focus on highly complex and difficult-to-treat cases. The new proposal led by London company Advanced Oncotherapy with... Full article

Press release: Provision Center for Proton Therapy Names Medical Director: Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist Will Lead Tennessee’s First Proton Center

The Provision Center for Proton Therapy announced today it has named Marcio Fagundes, M.D., as medical director.  A board-certified radiation oncologist, he comes to Knoxville from the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City where he has practiced proton therapy and conducted significant research.  He will start his new role on July 15. “The addition of Dr. Fagundes as medical director is another important step in building our team of proton therapy experts,” said Mary Lou DuBois, President of Provision Center for Proton Therapy.  “He is an extremely knowledgeable and... Full article

Loma Linda Women’s Cancer Center : one of its own

Herbert Atienza, spokesman from Loma Linda University Medical Center, writes about the new women's cancer center, which will be dedicated on March 20, 2013 : The new Women’s Cancer and Surgical Oncology Center provides personalized patient care in a setting designed to encourage coordination and communication among all participants in a patient’s treatment – including physicians, nurses, therapists, surgeons, counselors, and the patients and their families themselves. As Director, Mark Reeves, M.D., explains, “The center brings together – both physically and figuratively... Full article

Proton therapy center in Seattle brings hope

The first treatment center of its kind in the Northwest has just opened in Seattle. Until now, cancer patients in the Seattle area like Pat Purcell had to travel 1,000 miles for proton therapy. In 2011, Pat Purcell, 50, got a phone call from his doctor with the results of a biopsy of his prostate. He considered several treatment options, including robotic surgery and various forms of radiation, but his doctors told him that with proton therapy, his life expectancy would be unbelievably good. Purcell was sold. That was a crucial consideration for him, worried about side effects. But... Full article

Protons Target a Rare Tumor Type

After months of sinus discomfort he had attributed to allergies, Noel Pagan finally decided to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist in August 2012. The news was startling. An extremely rare tumor, clival chordoma, was found at the base of his skull. The tumor was removed by surgeons at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. For follow-up treatment, members of Pagan’s treatment team suggested proton therapy as an option because of the sensitive location of the tumor. Neither Pagan nor his wife, Tracy, was familiar with the treatment. So, they researched proton therapy on the web.... Full article

Review – Pediatric proton therapy program awarded

The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI, Jacksonville) was granted a special award for its pediatric program at the annual Celebration of Excellence Awards event of the UF Shands Cancer Center. UFPTI a nonprofit organization affiliated with the UF College of Medicine, dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art cancer treatment and setting new standards for treating and curing cancer. The cancer treatment facility houses both conventional radiation and proton therapy, and delivers proton therapy to 110 patients a day. The institute treats on average 20 children each day,... Full article

Proton Therapy center opening soon in Michigan, USA

The doors will open soon to a « state of the art » cancer treatment center in Genesee County, one of only 35 such facilities in the world, and the only one in Michigan. Construction is nearly complete at the McLaren Cancer Medical Center’s Proton Therapy Center on Beecher Road. « We are very excited to be able to provide this technology, » says McLaren oncologist Dr. Hesham Gayar, « as proton therapy focuses about at least 60% less radiation to the normal tissue than x-ray therapy. » Current standard radiation treatments can indeed have side effects, which can be long... Full article

Clinical trials advancing proton therapy research open at the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center

Five clinical trials evaluating proton therapy as a treatment for cancer, including one involving children with brain cancer and three trials for men with prostate cancer, are being led by researchers at CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center. “We recently returned from a national medical meeting where more than 70 papers and posters were presented assessing the use of proton therapy in treating cancer, and the results continue to be impressive,” said Dr. William Hartsell, the Center’s medical director. “Our clinical trials are part of a national effort to assess new and what we... Full article

Hybrid Cancer Care at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center

The planned addition to the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center incorporates an ultra-compact Proton Therapy room.
Integrated Proton System Promotes Hybrid Cancer Care. The Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, is one of the first facilities in the United States to install a new single-room compact Proton Therapy room. Unlike larger systems, it has a small footprint (49 feet x 95 feet or 14.9 meters x 28.9 meters), allowing it to be easily incorporated into an existing facility and help broaden treatment offerings.... Full article

Traveling Overseas for Proton Therapy Treatment

Patients Travelling Overseas for Treatment Traveling oversees for Proton Therapy treatment may seem daunting, but more cancer patients are doing so and are turning the treatment period into an adventure. Curtis Poling, a former Proton Therapy patient and survivor of prostate cancer, was instrumental in getting the first foreign patients treated in Korea at the National Cancer Center (NCC). Poling still travels there... Full article