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Weekly Web Review – Week 43

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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 covering new clinical indications and is improving the outcomes of breast and pediatric tumors.    Proton APBI for breast cancer : quicker and less costly Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with proton therapy may benefit breast cancer patients more than whole breast irradiation (WBI) in terms of cost and duration, according to the University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. These findings, titled « Initial Clinical Experience Using Protons for Accelerated Partial-Breast Irradiation: Longer-term Results » were presented at the annual meeting of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group by Dr. Valentina Ovalle and Eric A. Strom.... Full article

Weekly Web Review – Week 41

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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 giving hope and saving more and more families from harm. Matt jets off to the US for proton therapy Young dad Matt Rackley has flown to Oklahoma just five months after a campaign was launched to raise £150,000 to pay for pioneering treatment that could save his life. Matt, 24,  was diagnosed with... Full article

Numbers, types of proton therapy clinical studies on the rise

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With 14 proton therapy centers currently operating in the United States and an additional 28 up and running worldwide, studies on the efficacy of using proton beam therapy for cancer treatment are being more widely conducted now than ever before. “Ten years ago, there were only three proton centers operating in the United States, so the number of patients who were being treated and actually could be included in... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Breast Cancer Patient Finds A New Way To Fight

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Anastasia Berkheimer, a San Diego woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time found a new way of fighting the disease. So far, so good : she is now cancer free. Anastasia beat cancer the first time with radiation, but it was painful. She went to her doctor, who told her she got second to third degree burns during her treatment. "I thought I was fine but then one test turned out to be not good." It... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Battling breast cancer with protons

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A 71-year-old Califorian is the first breast cancer patient to receive treatment with proton therapy at the recently opened Scripps Proton Therapy Center, which is one of the 15 operational proton centers in the USA. Anastasia C. Berkheimer chose to have proton radiation because of its precision compared to traditional X-rays. A report published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who... Full article

Secondary and recurrent cancers may be good candidates for protons

Anita Mahajan, MD, medical director at MD Anderson Proton Center in Houston, Texas.
For cancer survivors, cancer’s return can be a sudden, agonizing punch to the gut. And that’s especially true for patients whose cancer develops in the same area where the first cancer had been successfully treated with radiation. Physicians have a harder time using photon treatments a second time. They don’t want inadvertent radiation to re-injure adjacent tissues and organs — over and above the... 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

Title: WEB REVIEW – “My breast cancer was close to my heart”

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On her daughter’s second birthday, Liz d’Amato, mom of three, received a life-changing phone call. Her doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer. Discover her inspiring story of courage, battle and survival. As a 47-year-old woman, mammograms were part of Liz’s regular health care regimen, and when she went to her doctor in September 2012, it was just for a routine check-up. However, a month later, her doctor asked... Full article

Protons may lower risk of radiation-related heart disease among breast cancer patients

Dr. Julie Bradley, Radiation Oncologist at UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
If only Dr. Julie Bradley could speed up time, she would confirm what she suspects: Breast cancer survivors treated with protons will be much less likely to die from heart disease than those treated with photon radiation. But Bradley is no wizard. She’s a radiation oncologist at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. And she and other researchers are working to find clear signs... Full article

WEB REVIEW – What is breast cancer ?

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Breast cancer is a kind of cancer originating from breast cells. It usually starts off in the inner lining of milk ducts (ductal carcinoma) or the lobules that supply them with milk (lobular carcinoma). As a malignant type of tumor, breast cancer is able to invade other parts of the body. Incidence: Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in females worldwide. It accounts for 16% of all female cancers and... Full article