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 address all three dimensions of delivering proton therapy — clinical, reimbursement, and business expertise,” said Leonard Arzt, executive director of NAPT. “As new centers blossom with regularity, doctors, scientists, and facility operators want to get together to share best practices.”

Because proton therapy requires a specialized team of clinicians and physicists to coordinate care, priorities for both professional audiences will be topical including a session on radiation oncology safety standards chaired by Dr. Hanne Kooy, PhD of the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The NPC2013 program will also feature leading radiation oncology practitioners from prominent universities, and cover strategies for funding and operating a proton center.

Founded in 1990, the NAPT is a non-profit organization supported by proton center members and is the voice of the proton community. Promoting education and public awareness for the clinical benefits of proton beam radiation therapy, the NAPT is an advocate for the advancement of proton therapy.

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