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Moving on from prostate cancer

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After Ben Smith was “fired” by his urologist 10 years ago for declining to undergo a radical prostatectomy to treat his prostate cancer, Smith fired up his computer and got to work. “I started doing Internet research and looking at every available therapy at the time, even cryotherapy,” the 62-year-old Cocoa Beach, Florida, resident says. “All of the treatments had pretty good efficacy. But then, they would talk all about the possible side effects like impotence and incontinence — except for proton beam therapy.” At the time, there were only a handful of clinical centers offering proton therapy in the United States, including ones in Boston, Massachusetts, and Loma Linda, California. “I did a little more homework and found that the University of Florida was... Full article

5-year-old channels superhero strength to fight cancer

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Logan Green adores Superman. He reads the comics. He wears the Superman emblem. He wants to fight bad guys when he grows up. Even his immobilization mask for proton therapy was emblazoned with the iconic “S.” For 5-year-old Logan, the Man of Steel was a comfort and an inspiration as he battled one of his biggest villains yet. Three Days to Live In June, Logan walked into his parent’s room in the middle of the... Full article

WEB REVIEW – PT center in the UK

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The plans for a new £125m cutting-edge proton therapy center at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, UK have been unveiled. It will be the first of the country, and is expected to open in 2018. Currently,  anyone seeking proton therapy on the NHS has to travel abroad to access it. The therapy is designed to limit side effects on patients, particularly children. It is hoped the center will allow more people than ever... Full article

WEB REVIEW – English teacher battling cancer and insurance company

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Carin Graber, an English teacher at Bonnabel High School in Kenner, Louisiana is battling both brain cancer and her insurance company. After two prior surgeries, Carin’s doctor at MD Anderson in Texas wanted to try an advanced type of radiation called Proton Beam Therapy. "I think it's probably about twice as expensive as normal radiation, but quite a bit safer for a cancer patient that has brain cancer," said her... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Raising £40k for little boy’s US proton treatment

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Jayden Nicol, a brave British six-year-old, has flown to the US to fight his cancer and undergo potentially life-saving proton therapy treatment after his family rallied to raise £40,000 in just three weeks. Jayden was first seen by doctors when his family took him to St John’s Hospital in Livingston after he was sick every morning for weeks. An MRI scan revealed a massive tumor on his brain stem. He was diagnosed... Full article

Advances in technology, clear clinical benefits will drive more cancer doctors to use protons

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The latest technical advancement in proton therapy is already providing such compelling early evidence of its benefit for patients, a leading radiation oncologist predicts it will become standard treatment for many cancers.   In use at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas, for more than three years now, intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) permits doctors to treat one tiny section of a tumor... Full article

WEB REVIEW – 12-year-old boy flies to USA for cancer treatment

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Adrian Secareanu, 12, has flown to Florida to have life-saving treatment for a rare type of cancer, a mucoepidermoid carcinoma, found in his neck and jaw. Adrian underwent several operations to remove his tumor. He is now having specialist proton therapy to prevent it from returning in a more aggressive form. Chesterfield-based national charity Kids ‘N’ Cancer recently launched a campaign to help Adrian and his... 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

Early Evidence Suggests Proton Therapy Offers Safe, Long-Term Treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Despite some success in treating patients with Hodgkin lymphoma, many patients suffer from late effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment, including the possible onset of breast cancer or heart disease.   A study by the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute shows that the use of proton therapy following chemotherapy in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma has a success rate similar to the conventional... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Breast Cancer Patient Finds A New Way To Fight

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Anastasia Berkheimer, a San Diego woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time found a new way of fighting the disease. So far, so good : she is now cancer free. Anastasia beat cancer the first time with radiation, but it was painful. She went to her doctor, who told her she got second to third degree burns during her treatment. "I thought I was fine but then one test turned out to be not good." It... Full article

Preliminary reports show promise of protons for treating head and neck cancers

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Four months into treating patients with head and neck cancers using pencil beam scanning with protons, Alexander Lin, MD, is optimistic about the results he is seeing so far. Many cancers are in remission and patients aren’t experiencing the life-changing side effects so common among those treated with conventional radiation.   When it comes to sheer cancer-killing power, “protons and photons are equally... Full article