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5 years after proton beam therapy, most prostate cancer patients are disease-free and living a normal life, study reports

According to Dr Mendenhall, the number of cancer-free men previously diagnosed with mid-level prostate cancer is of particular significance
A long-term outcomes study of prostate cancer patients treated with image-guided protons may begin to dispel questions about the efficacy of proton therapy and its impact on patient quality of life. For five years, clinicians at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, tracked the ongoing health of 211 men. Each had been diagnosed with low-, intermediate- or high-risk prostate cancer. And all had been treated with image-guided proton therapy between August 2006 and September 2007. Among prostate cancer study participants, patients were deemed low risk with a Gleason score of 6, and a PSA less than 10. Intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients had a Gleason score of greater than 6 but less than 8, and/or a PSA more than 10, but less than 20.... 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

Web Review – Little girl with cancer will soon ring Chime of Hope

Courageous three-year-old little girl Ruby Hodgson is just days ago from celebrating the end of her cancer treatment at the University of Florida’s Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI) in Jacksonville. She will ring a Chime of Hope, which has now become a tradition for all patients on completion of their treatment to symbolize it has worked and they are ready to face the future. Ruby was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was 1 and underwent many treatments. Unfortunately, her tumor returned when she was 3 and specialists recommended she was sent to America to get state-of-the-art... Full article