Proton therapy, education can help remedy racial disparities in prostate cancer care

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African American men diagnosed with very low-risk prostate cancers are much more likely than white men to actually have aggressive disease that goes undetected with current diagnostic methods, a John Hopkins study recently suggested. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer occurs more often in African American men than in men of other races. African American men are also more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage and are more than twice as likely to die of the disease as white men. And despite the fact that African American men are more likely to be diagnosed with more advanced prostate cancer than white men, they are not receiving optimal treatment, such as proton therapy. One way to lessen these disparities is through education, said Keith Gregory,... Full article

HUPTI treats its 400th patient

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI), the 8th proton facility in the U.S. and the largest of its kind in the world, has treated its 400th patient. The center is expected to reach full operation later this year, treating approximately 1,500 patients annually. Stan Jackson, an attorney of Aiken, South Carolina, was treated on September 21st:  “I’m ecstatic…”, he says. “I wasn’t the first and I certainly won’t be the last. I hope I’m just the start of a great migration of patients at HUPTI, for a caring treatment of cancer”. Jackson was diagnosed... Full article