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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 – Teenager shaves her head for her cancer friend

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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

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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 ?

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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

From the editors – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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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

Web review – 5 year old happy to go back to school

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The parents of Katie Dodd, 5 years old and diagnosed with cancer just one year ago, are happy and proud to see their little girl going back to school to begin a new term. Last September, doctors discovered a tumor pressing on Katie’s spinal chord. She could not move her legs anymore. They told her parents that she would need the most advanced form of radiotherapy: proton beam therapy. Since then, the little girl has... Full article

From our readers: Proton beam therapy: an alternative to now consider in Africa

There are certain cancer cases where surgery, chemotherapy and conventional photon radiotherapy are inappropriate treatment alternatives. In such cases, Proton Beam Therapy could just be the perfect option. Proton beam therapy is a form of particle therapy which utilizes a beam of protons to irradiate cancerous tissues and possibly terminate abnormal proliferation of neoplasms while ensuring that the surrounding healthy tissues are not completely destroyed. In other words, it is a type of external beam radiotherapy which uses a particle accelerator to target the tumour with a beam of... Full article

Web Review – Brave woman with 2 cancers keeps hope thanks to proton therapy

Gloria De La Cruz, 52, has been through two cancer diagnoses in the past seven months and lost half her vision. Fortunately, she was granted the opportunity of proton therapy treatment and has therefore decided to stay positive and fight as hard as she can. Last August, doctors discovered a cancerous tumor growing on Gloria’s eye and performed and enucleation of her eye. Gloria dealt with this traumatic and painful event, and in spite of the loss, she was just happy to be cancer free. “I was very fortunate to still have an eye left”, she said. But a month and a half later, she... Full article

Part 6 – In search of the best cancer therapy option, “knowledge is power”

To Becca and Nick’s surprise, the Filipino radiologists who each had advocated their own radiation specialties — IMRT, CyberKnife and Tomotherapy — to treat 3-year-old Georgia’s cancer, had come to a consensus. Proton Therapy would be best for Georgia. Becca and Nick eagerly awaited word from specialists at a London hospital. "On October 10, Becca returned to writing in her blog, The Helping Georgia Fund: “I can research until the cows come home but we need experts who have done this procedure to tell us the options and give advice. We need someone to say I have done this... Full article

Part 4 – In the search for the best cancer therapy option, “knowledge is power”

October 7th was fast approaching for Becca and Nick. That would be the day they would learn if their daughter’s spinal tumor had shrunk in size. Since mid-June, 3-year-old Georgia had weathered round after round of chemotherapy at St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Philippines. She had endured experimental gene therapy injected directly into her tumor and intravenously. The side effects were miserable. Georgia’s continued treatment was reaching a fork in the road. Radiation therapy needed to be pursued. But which kind? Photon beams or proton beams? “…It makes my stomach... Full article