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Weekly Web Review – Week 6

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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 adding years to life and improving quality of life all over the world, at any age. Help take 3-year-old Pippa for life-saving treatment in the US Emily Robinson from Southport, UK, is urging people to support a fundraising drive to take Pippa Belle Cole, her 3-year-old niece for urgent treatment in the US. Pippa has been fighting a cancerous brain tumor and has recently undergone brain surgery. Emily said: "I feel so passionately about promoting this campaign as without the help of others giving donations, Pippa will not survive. She is an inspirational little girl who has gone through more in her three years than most of us will have to go through in a... Full article

Treatment for salivary cancer didn’t curb man’s passion for travel and food

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Stan Williams is hatching another trip with his wife. This time to New Orleans, Louisiana. Just three months ago, they had explored the gorgeous rainforests and beaches of Belize. And before that, they were strolling the neighborhoods of New York City. “Stephanie wants to go to the French Quarter,” Stan says. “And we’ll take a boat ride down the bayou. I really just like to taste the flavors of the city and back... Full article

WEB REVIEW – PT better than IMRT for head & neck cancer

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Proton beam therapy (PT) has a significant advantage over intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) when it comes to improving disease-free survival and tumor control in patients with head and neck cancers according to a study by Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists. The study was published in Lancet Oncology and involved a systematic review of the literature on outcomes of proton beam therapy compared to IMRT. The... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Rising preference for non-surgical treatment

According to a new report by Global Industry Analysts, cancer patient show a rising preference for radiation therapy over surgical treatment options. Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy radioactive particles or electromagnetic waves to destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors and repair physiological abnormalities. The growth in the radiation therapy equipment market is primarily driven by rising incidence of cancer (due to aging population, lifestyle changes, dietary habits, and high smoking rates), but is also fueled by technological improvements in molecular and... 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

ASTRO supports proton therapy for prostate cancer

At a recent meeting, the Board of Directors of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) approved a statement regarding the use of proton beam therapy for prostate cancer. ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. On March 14, 2013, ASTRO has issued a statement supporting the use of proton beam therapy to treat prostate cancer as long as patients are enrolled in clinical trials or within prospective registries. ASTRO said that the collection of treatment and... 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

New UF Proton Therapy Institute newsletter

New UF Proton Therapy Institute newsletter points out biased data and faulty assumptions in UNC study. The first issue of a newsletter from the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute includes a critique of a medical journal article by University of North Carolina researchers that claimed prostate cancer patients experience more troubling side effects after Proton Therapy than patients treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy. “We question the value of printing such a poorly conducted and ill-informed research study,” wrote Stuart Klein, executive director at the... Full article