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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

Friend’s regret about prostate surgery moves Wisconsin man to protons

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You could say it was a good friend’s buyer’s remorse that prompted Bill Friedlander to change the course of his cancer care. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2013, the retired organic chemist was all set to begin photon radiation treatments. “I had the appointments and they gave me the Lupron,” he said. Lupron is taken to stop testosterone production in preparation for prostate cancer radiation... Full article

WEB REVIEW – 150th prostate cancer patient at Procure Proton Therapy Center in New Jersey

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The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, New Jersey announced that 150 prostate cancer patients have successfully completed their proton therapy treatment. Since Procure opened the New Jersey facility in March 2012, physicians have noted that a majority of prostate patients have learned about proton therapy through family, friends and independent research rather than via their primary physicians and urologists.... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Joe Landry, prostate cancer survivor

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When Joe Landry’s younger brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his time and attention turned to helping his brother find the best care and treatment for the cancer. His research and resourcefulness paid off, as Joe was diagnosed with prostate cancer a year later. Joe, a retiree, had spent 37 years with an oil and gas company and, with the exception of periodic bouts with prostatitis and kidney stones, he’d... Full article

Proton system engineer sees beam from new vantage point

Mike Notarus
For more than two decades, Mike Notarus has helped guide the design and construction of 17 proton treatment centers around the world. Last April, he saw protons from a very different vantage point — laying on the treatment couch. Diagnosed with prostate cancer by his physicians at the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, Mike knew exactly which treatment he would pursue. And he knew where he would be... Full article

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... Full article

PSA testing is an important early-detection tool for prostate cancer

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In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised the elimination of a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for prostate cancer in healthy men. Champions for early detection of the disease were not pleased.   “They are doing the male population in this country a huge disservice,” said Robert Marckini, author of the book, “You Can Beat Prostate Cancer” and founder of... Full article

Web Review – Proton therapy in the UK

A British medical company is working with scientists at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (Cern) to develop affordable proton beam therapy. Thousands of cancer patients could benefit from this ambitious plan to bring state-of-the-art technology into hospitals across the UK. Two proton therapy facilities are already due to be launched at specialist NHS centers in London and Manchester in 2017. But they will only be able to take 1,500 patients a year and will focus on highly complex and difficult-to-treat cases. The new proposal led by London company Advanced Oncotherapy with... Full article

Web Review – Less side effects for Sophia thanks to proton therapy

SEATTLE – Less than a year ago, Sophia Thompson, 7-year old, has been diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer called « rhabdymosarcoma » behind her right eye. Thanks to proton therapy, the young girl survived cancer with no brain damage and intact vision. As Seattle's proton therapy center was still under construction at the time she needed treatment, Sophia and her family travelled to the ProCure center in Oklahoma City. Over six weeks, she underwent 28 proton sessions. Before long, her parents said she was playing pranks on the radiation therapists and giving them... Full article

Proton therapy for breast cancer in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Breakthrough medical technology is now used to fight breast cancer at ProCure in Oklahoma City. The center is one of only 10 across the country that uses proton therapy. The treatment finds and blasts specific tumors with radiation, sparing the rest of the body and healthy tissue. According to Dr. Nancy Cersonsky, a radiation oncologist, patients report less pain and tiredness and fewer side effects when... 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