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Proton clinicians are setting sights on Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas

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Lymphomas are the new targets for protons. Primarily preferred for treating solid mass tumors, protons are now being viewed as a prudent type of radiation for treating Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. About 9,000 Americans are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma every year. And more than 65,ooo Americans are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma annually. According to Brad Hoppe, M.D., M.P.H, a radiation oncologist at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida, the combination of chemotherapy and conventional radiation has dramatically increased survivorship for lymphoma patients. “People go on to live for decades,” he says. “And then we see late complications from their treatment, such as secondary cancers and cardiac complications that end their... Full article

Study compares organ-sparing properties of protons with other breast cancer treatments

L. Christine Fang, M.D., radiation oncologist, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center in Seattle, Washington.
A recent study showed proton therapy to be superior to three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and helical tomotherapy (HT) in sparing the heart and coronary arteries from unintended radiation when treating Stage III breast cancer. “The study validates what we had hypothesized, which is that with the use of proton therapy, we can greatly reduce radiation... Full article

Some types of breast cancer suited for protons after surgery

Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, Clinical Director at UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
With their ability to target cancer while minimizing radiation harm to the heart and lungs, protons hold great promise in the treatment of breast cancer. But not all breast cancer patients will benefit from protons. In fact, a leading radiation oncologist currently sees just four types of breast cancer where protons will be preferable to photon radiation — and all as follow-up to breast cancer surgery. “I expect... Full article

ASTRO supports proton therapy for prostate cancer

At a recent meeting, the Board of Directors of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) approved a statement regarding the use of proton beam therapy for prostate cancer. ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. On March 14, 2013, ASTRO has issued a statement supporting the use of proton beam therapy to treat prostate cancer as long as patients are enrolled in clinical trials or within prospective registries. ASTRO said that the collection of treatment and... Full article

Book by MassGeneral’s Paganetti

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MassGeneral’s Harald Paganetti dives deeply into physics of Proton Therapy If you’re a medical school student, resident or grad student considering a career in Proton Therapy, or a general or family practitioner looking to better advise your patients about a cancer care option with fewer side effects, the new compendium, Proton Therapy Physics, should satisfy you. Edited by Dr. Harald Paganetti, director of... Full article

New UF Proton Therapy Institute newsletter

New UF Proton Therapy Institute newsletter points out biased data and faulty assumptions in UNC study. The first issue of a newsletter from the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute includes a critique of a medical journal article by University of North Carolina researchers that claimed prostate cancer patients experience more troubling side effects after Proton Therapy than patients treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy. “We question the value of printing such a poorly conducted and ill-informed research study,” wrote Stuart Klein, executive director at the... Full article

National Proton Conference 2013: “Improving Cancer Treatment Outcomes With Proton Therapy”

The National Proton Conference (NPC) will be held on February 11-14, 2013 in Washington, D.C. It will be lead by prominent physicians and proton community leaders from National Cancer Institute, United Healthcare and Proton Centers, focusing on improving cancer treatment outcomes with proton therapy”. In response to the growing demand for leading-edge cancer treatment and recent investments in new clinical facilities, the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) announces its first annual plenary conference, co-sponsored by the Proton Therapy Consortium. “The meeting will... Full article

Proton Therapy Today just gone live !

Discover “Proton Therapy Today”, the new online magazine which gathers serious, trustworthy stories and information about proton therapy. Proton therapy is the most advanced form of cancer radiation therapy, which needs to be made accessible for even more people. This website aims at telling the stories of cancer patients worldwide and of the people working everyday to help them, so that their daily efforts may be passed on and set as examples. Please share any information you find on this platform, as the published contents are intended to be shared as much as possible! Full article

Professional Sameer Keole identifies standout published papers on PT

Sameer Keole
As with all emerging technologies, the publication of peer-reviewed research papers supporting the validity and effectiveness of proton therapy began modestly. An online search of the literature revealed 818 citations in 1990. However, this is changing: By 2000, the list had grown to 2,496 studies and by 2010, to 6,200 studies. Some proton therapy experts were asked to identify a recently published paper of noteworthy... Full article

Professional Torunn Yock identifies standout published papers on Proton Therapy

Torunn Yock
As with all emerging technologies, the publication of peer-reviewed research papers supporting the validity and effectiveness of proton therapy began modestly. An online search of the literature revealed 818 citations in 1990. However, this is changing: By 2000, the list had grown to 2,496 studies and by 2010, to 6,200 studies. Some proton therapy experts were asked to identify a recently published paper of noteworthy... Full article

Professional Jacob B. Flanz identifies standout published papers on Proton Therapy

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As with all emerging technologies, the publication of peer-reviewed research papers supporting the validity and effectiveness of proton therapy began modestly. An online search of the literature revealed 818 citations in 1990. However, this is changing: By 2000, the list had grown to 2,496 studies and by 2010, to 6,200 studies. Some proton therapy experts were asked to identify a recently published paper of noteworthy... Full article