Tag : chemotherapy


Little girl brightens Christmas for family and schoolmates three years after proton treatments

[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth Christmas in as many years we have written about Georgia Halliwell-Paget, a 6-year-old girl now living in the U.K. She received proton beam treatments during Christmas 2012.]   An enormous stuffed snow leopard, a gift from Father Christmas last year, reclines nobly at the foot of Georgia Halliwell-Paget’s bed. The cuddly beast is one of many protectors of the slight 6-year-old girl with the buoyant smile, who is reveling in her cancer-free life in Britain’s Shropshire County. This Christmas, Georgia is wishing for a stuffed giraffe she spied at the local department store. Not surprisingly, it’s as colossal as the snow leopard and, if Father Christmas is so inclined, will tower over Georgia’s tiny frame. But Georgia finds... Full article

WEB REVIEW – U.K. girl with cancer seeks treatment in the US

Bethany, 2 year old, fighting against cancer with her family
A family from England traveled more than 4,500 miles to Oklahoma City to get proton therapy treatment and save their 2-year-old daughter from a growing tumor.   Bethany Barsby is fighting a rare form of cancer that developed in her muscle cheek called rhabdomyosarcoma. Only 350 cases are discovered in the United States every year and that number is even smaller in the U.K. “We thought what the hospital... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Brain cancer survivor becomes baking entrepreneur

Rebecca has opened her own bakery after she survived brain cancer
Rebecca Ray, a Jacksonville teenager, used her love of baking to get through her battle against brain cancer. From a simple distraction, it turned into a sweet and savory new business. After Rebecca was diagnosed with cancer, she found her sanctuary in the kitchen. Her cake-baking began during her time at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. After 15 weeks of chemotherapy, numerous rounds of proton therapy and surgeries, she... Full article

WEB REVIEW – “Proton Therapy in Prague was the number one choice for me“

Benedek is a 39 year old from Belgium. At the end of 2013, Benedek underwent chemotherapy in order to treat a spinal cord tumour. Unfortunately this was not very effective and so he had to decide upon subsequent treatments. His Czech wife discovered the Proton Centre in Prague.   “Together with my doctors, we came to the conclusion that proton therapy was the only reasonable treatment since the tumour is... Full article

WEB REVIEW –Young girl with cancer brighteningother patients’ days

Mia proton therapy fight
Five days a week, for several hours each time, 7-year-old Mia Spargo of Lake Jackson, Texas comes to get specialized proton therapy treatment at the Texas Medical Center. With her mother by herside, she's battling a rare form of brain cancer. Mia is very sweet, with a laugh and smile that will warm your heart. And she is also a wonderful little girl who tries to brighten the days of other young cancer patients... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Lung cancer survivor

Suzan proton therapy treatment
A year ago, doctors told Suzan Shughart she had lung cancer and had only 18-24 months to live. But this month, she had an extra reason to celebrate her 60th birthday, as it was also her last day of lung cancer proton therapy treatment at MD Anderson. When Suzan first received her cancer diagnosis, her doctors were stumped: the test results showed both large and small cell lung cancer, not in her lung but in her chest.... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Teenager shaves her head for her cancer friend

Proton Therapy fundraising
Charlie Hemming, a 15 year old British teenager with bladder cancer, can really count on her best friend: yesterday, the young girl shaved her hair to raise funds so her friend can see her family this Christmas. Charlie Hemming is being flown to Oklahoma, USA, to be treated with proton therapy (not yet available in the UK), but the NHS will only pay for her mom and another guest. Faye, who has known Charlie for... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Fund for little girl battling cancer

Maddie Hems
Maddie Hems was just eight years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in April last year. Her family has launched Maddie’s Fighting Fund to raise money to help her battle this rare form of bone cancer. Maddie had been suffering from pain down her left arm when doctors discovered an inoperable fist-sized tumor underneath her collarbone. Her dad said : “When we got confirmation from the doctor, I knew it... Full article

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

Web review - Breast cancer was close to my heart
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

WEB REVIEW – What is breast cancer ?

Breast cancer ribbon
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

From the editors – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer ribbon
Dear Readers, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer still touches too many of our moms, sisters and daughters. Proton Therapy Today is willing to help, to support the huge effort that is being made by thousands of people worldwide and to help them raise awareness about this disease. Over the next ten days, we will publish a series of articles and reviews about breast cancer and how proton therapy can... Full article