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Little girl brightens Christmas for family and schoolmates three years after proton treatments

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[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth Christmas in as many years we have written about Georgia Halliwell-Paget, a 6-year-old girl now living in the U.K. She received proton beam treatments during Christmas 2012.]   An enormous stuffed snow leopard, a gift from Father Christmas last year, reclines nobly at the foot of Georgia Halliwell-Paget’s bed. The cuddly beast is one of many protectors of the slight 6-year-old girl with the buoyant smile, who is reveling in her cancer-free life in Britain’s Shropshire County. This Christmas, Georgia is wishing for a stuffed giraffe she spied at the local department store. Not surprisingly, it’s as colossal as the snow leopard and, if Father Christmas is so inclined, will tower over Georgia’s tiny frame. But Georgia finds... Full article

WEB REVIEW – 1st patient treated at S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center

Last month, a 33-year-old man from Leasburg, Missouri, receives a revolutionary form of highly accurate radiation treatment. Steven Osborne has a rare type of cancer called chondrosarcoma at the base of his skull. He will be undergoing a 30- to 45-minute session each weekday for seven weeks at S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at Washington University Medical Center. Patients eligible for the therapy at the center have cancer near vital organs such as the spine, brain, heart and eyes. « Proton therapy is unique because it allows for very precise adjustments to the radiation beam,... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton therapy for children with tumors near the brainstem

According to a new study, proton therapy can be used safely and effectively to treat pediatric sarcomas and brain tumors adjacent to the brainstem. The study’s findings were presented in October 2013 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 55th annual meeting, held in Atlanta (GA, USA), by lead researcher Daniel J. Indelicato, MD, associate professor at the University of Florida, in the department of radiation oncology. The study describes the findings of 313 children who received a high radiation dose to the area around the brainstem, and is the largest of this type ever... Full article

Stories of prostate cancer survivors built credible expectations for proton treatments

Colonel (Ret.) Alton Whitley completed his prostate cancer treatments in November 2013 at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas.
Alton Whitley is an analytical guy. Numbers — data — drove Whitley’s decisions during his whole career as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Force. But when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2013, data didn’t drive the retired colonel’s decision about which treatment would be best. The stories of cancer survivors did. “I was raised in a family where you were expected to make decisions and they... 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

WEB REVIEW – Proton Therapy : safest radiation treatment for pediatric tumors

If your child was diagnosed with cancer, you would want to find the best, smartest and most pain-free treatment available. For a growing number of pediatric patients and their parents, it is clear that proton beam radiation may be the most desirable course of action to pursue. But sadly, that too many patients and their doctors remain unfamiliar with proton therapy and its documented benefits. This unawareness is partly due to the fact that there are only 12 proton therapy centers in the US. Combined, these centers treat approximately 10,000 patients a year, or less than 1% of all... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Little Shaun with brain cancer is struggling for life

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Shaun Currie’s parents learned last month that their four-year-old son was suffering from a terminal brain tumor. The little Scottish boy has spent the past few days in Yorkhill Children's Hospital, in Glasgow, and the nearby Beatson cancer center. Shaun’s parents first realized something was wrong with Shaun when he felt poorly and became unsteady on his feet. His doctor sent him to the hospital, where he was... Full article

Secondary and recurrent cancers may be good candidates for protons

Anita Mahajan, MD, medical director at MD Anderson Proton Center in Houston, Texas.
For cancer survivors, cancer’s return can be a sudden, agonizing punch to the gut. And that’s especially true for patients whose cancer develops in the same area where the first cancer had been successfully treated with radiation. Physicians have a harder time using photon treatments a second time. They don’t want inadvertent radiation to re-injure adjacent tissues and organs — over and above the... Full article

WEB REVIEW – The fight of a 55-year-old with prostate cancer

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55-year-old Chicago resident Rick Kasprzak has been on an emotional two-year roller-coaster that, not a minute too soon, is finally slowing down. In summer 2011, Rick saw his primary care physician for an annual physical exam, including a blood test for prostate cancer. The results were higher than normal. However, the situation was not critical, just something that needed to be monitored. In summer of 2012, Rick was... Full article

Prostate cancer and protons forge lasting brotherhood

Bill Friedlander, a prostate cancer survivor and former proton therapy patient.
Proton therapy advocate Bob Marckini calls it the “Brotherhood of the Balloon.” It’s the lasting bond of fellowship forged among men who, day after day, come to know one another as they wait their turn to have their prostate cancer zapped by protons. Wisconsin resident Bill Friedlander found the camaraderie among prostate cancer patients one of the most rewarding aspects of his proton treatments earlier this year... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton Therapy, a new way of fighting cancer

Mike Buettner prostate cancer survivor thanks to Proton Therapy
When Mike Buettner learned he had prostate cancer, it was a scary shock. As a pastor, he had presided many cancer patients’ funerals. Now he’s cancer-free, after undergoing a newer kind of radiation therapy in an Oklahoma City clinic. He now wants to get the word out about being aware of prostate cancer. And he is an advocate for the treatment he received : proton therapy. Buettner’s story began with an annual... Full article
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