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WEB REVIEW — More kids treated with proton therapy

According to a study released by the Pediatric Proton Foundation (PPF) and the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT), the number of children with brain and spinal cancers treated with proton therapy in the U.S. has risen 33% since 2010. 465 pediatric patients were treated with proton therapy in 2010 and 613 in 2011. In 2012, they were 694, 57% of them being less than 10 years old, with a curable brain tumor or axial sarcoma, the survey reports. "Parents need to understand that proton therapy offers distinct advantages for their child's treatment over traditional radiation,"... Full article

Prostate cancer patients happy with proton therapy

An exhaustive study surveying prostate cancer patients treated with proton therapy determined high overall satisfaction with the treatment. The report released last week at the National Proton conference in Washington, D.C., included 2.000 patients treated for prostate cancer with proton therapy from 1991 to 2010. 99% of surveyed men said they made the best treatment decision when they chose proton therapy. "The data represent the kind of patient-based outcomes analysis that is highly valued by clinicians and is needed to inform decisions about treatment options," said Leonard Arzt,... Full article

National Proton Conference 2013: “Improving Cancer Treatment Outcomes With Proton Therapy”

The National Proton Conference (NPC) will be held on February 11-14, 2013 in Washington, D.C. It will be lead by prominent physicians and proton community leaders from National Cancer Institute, United Healthcare and Proton Centers, focusing on improving cancer treatment outcomes with proton therapy”. In response to the growing demand for leading-edge cancer treatment and recent investments in new clinical facilities, the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) announces its first annual plenary conference, co-sponsored by the Proton Therapy Consortium. “The meeting will... Full article

NAPT director talks about proton therapy

Leonard Arzt, executive director of the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT), has been promoting the therapeutic benefits of proton therapy for cancer treatment in the U.S. and abroad ever since the foundation of the center in 1990. Arzt has seen proton therapy evolve along the years. The ever first patients were men with prostate cancer who self-referred themselves after they discovered the advantages of proton beam radiation therapy over conventional X-ray radiation. Today, proton therapy is still a small radiation community and represents only 1% of all radiation oncology... Full article