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WEEKLY WEB REVIEW – WEEK 16

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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 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

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

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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

Proton Therapy now available in Central and Eastern Europe

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Prague, December 12, 2012 - PROTON THERAPY CENTER CZECH announced that from December 2012 onwards, oncological patients can access proton therapy in a brand new Proton Therapy Center Czech which has just opened in Prague. It is only a fifth center in Europe. This leading-edge cancer care center brings the most advanced radiation therapy to Central and Eastern Europe. The facility aims at delivering proton therapy, which... Full article

ProCure Training Centers

An inclined-beam treatment room at the ProCure Training and Development Center
Growth in Proton Therapy Increases Demand for Well-Trained Staff Since opening in 2008, the ProCure Training and Development Center (TDC) in Bloomington, Indiana, has prepared more than 100 health care professionals employed by ProCure Treatments Centers, Inc., to work in the burgeoning field of proton therapy. Demand for well-educated professional staff is high, because of the growing number of centers offering this... Full article

HUPTI treats its 400th patient

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI), the 8th proton facility in the U.S. and the largest of its kind in the world, has treated its 400th patient. The center is expected to reach full operation later this year, treating approximately 1,500 patients annually. Stan Jackson, an attorney of Aiken, South Carolina, was treated on September 21st:  “I’m ecstatic…”, he says. “I wasn’t the first and I certainly won’t be the last. I hope I’m just the start of a great migration of patients at HUPTI, for a caring treatment of cancer”. Jackson was diagnosed... Full article

Proton system installation begins in Italy

Proton system installation begins in Italy
Installation of a cyclotron, a beam line and three state-of-the-art patient treatment rooms has begun in Trento, Italy, at the Agenzia Provinciale Per la Protonterapie (ATreP). The proton beam system and the first patient treatment room are expected to be ready for commissioning by ATreP staff in Spring 2013. Commissioning is a monthlong process that includes confirming proton beam and dose accuracy, and integrating... Full article

Prague Proton Therapy Center

Prague Proton Therapy Center
The Proton Therapy Center Czech s.r.o.  in Prague is well on its way to begin treating patients in September 2012. When fully operational in 2013, the center will be the first of its size in Central and Eastern Europe. The center is located on the campus of University Hospital na Bulovce. The proton center will have five treatment rooms: three gantry rooms, one fixed-beam room and one eye treatment room. A full range... Full article