Tag : Prostate Cancer


Moving on from prostate cancer

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

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

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

Review – Pediatric proton therapy program awarded

The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI, Jacksonville) was granted a special award for its pediatric program at the annual Celebration of Excellence Awards event of the UF Shands Cancer Center. UFPTI a nonprofit organization affiliated with the UF College of Medicine, dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art cancer treatment and setting new standards for treating and curing cancer. The cancer treatment facility houses both conventional radiation and proton therapy, and delivers proton therapy to 110 patients a day. The institute treats on average 20 children each day,... Full article

Proton therapy to treat breast cancer

Proton therapy is currently used to treat brain, spinal and prostate cancers, as well as many paediatric tumours. Another potentially significant application is the treatment of patients with breast cancer, as proton beam therapy may offer them the benefits of radiation without some of its serious side effects, which include heart disease. Breast cancer patients who receive radiation therapy face higher risk of heart attacks and other heart-related problems in the long run. The risk is particularly pronounced for women who receive radiation treatment for their left breast because of its... 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

Press Review – Prostate Cancer Survivor positively impressed by proton therapy

When Gerard Bartasavich went for his annual physical exam, he mentioned to his doctor that he seemed to be urinating more than normal. A few days later, out of nowhere, he learned he had aggressive prostate cancer. It was April 2008 when Bart discovered he was sick. He was 56 years old. “The phone just dropped, my mouth dropped,” he recalled. “I was just totally stunned.” Soon, he was advised by his urologists that removing his prostate was the best option, even if there was a chance he would need diapers for the rest of his life, and that he wouldn’t be able to function... Full article

The proton experience

The proton experience
The proton patient experience is featured in new awareness campaign promoting Penn Medicine’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Decked in biker gear — spandex, not leather, thank you — a fit, middle-aged man steps briskly down his front steps, hops on his road bike and begins his 20-mile ride to Philadelphia for another proton beam treatment. Two hours later, he’s on his bike pedaling toward home. But it... Full article