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WEEKLY WEB REVIEW – WEEK 38

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Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is giving hope and helping young people make new life projects.   EXAMS SUCCESS FOR TUMOR SURVIVOR 16-year-old Ben Anderson, who did his exams revision while being treated by proton therapy in the U.S. for a brain tumor, is now celebrating after getting the GCSE (general certificate of secondary education) he feared he would never achieve. Before his diagnosis in August 2013, Ben had been sick every morning for several years, and had suffered from many headaches, which doctors just assumed to be migraines. It was only after a chance visit to an optician that he was referred for an MRI scan. Although not cancerous, the location of his tumor in the brain stem... Full article

Wisconsin family finds warmth in the Windy City

Amy High and Hunter Proton Therapy
Her son Hunter’s significant weight loss and debilitating headaches were signs of concern for Amy High. After numerous visits to emergency rooms and doctors’ offices, and an incorrect diagnosis of migraine headaches, an MRI revealed the cause of these troubling symptoms: medulloblastoma — a brain tumor — diagnosed in June 2013. Immediately after the diagnosis, 14-year-old Hunter was sent by ambulance to the... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Mom fights brain tumor for her family

Mother battles brain tumor proton therapy
Catherline Ledlow, 33-year-old mom from Oklahoma, had just given birth to her second child when she found out she had a rare form of cancerous tumor growing on her brain : an oligoastrocytoma. Catherine wanted the best treatment possible to be able to live a full long life with her husband and children, and turned towards proton therapy. Doctors at Oklahoma City's ProCure Proton Therapy Center said the tumor is... Full article

A year after a Christmas wish, time to live like other little girls

At home in Manilla, 4-year-old Georgia Halliwell-Paget and her big brother, AJ, are spending their last Christmas in the Philippines. Christmas will be in the UK in 2014.
Georgia Halliwell-Paget’s wish from Santa this year is like that of any other 4-year-old girl. A Barbie doll. More specifically, a purple Barbie with wings. “And a pink train and red yo-yo,” adds her dad, Nick. “She’s really into pinks and purples. She’s a real girly girl.” Nick and Becca, his spouse, are ecstatic. Georgia is back to being a bouncy little girl. Fun, happy  and “full of life,” he... Full article

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

Bill Friedlander Proton Therapy
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 – Brain cancer patient saved by Proton Therapy

Jeff Graf Proton Therapy
Thanks to surgery and proton therapy, Jeff Graf, 56 years old, overcame a clival chordoma, a rare type of brain tumor. When Jeff thought he was having a stroke, he knew he needed to get help right away. During his check up, the scan revealed a mass in his head. Jeff was shocked when the mass was determined to be a chordoma, a rare tumor slowly growing from embryonic remains. He hadn’t had any typical symptoms and the... Full article

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

From our partners : Cancer patients to travel to UF Proton Therapy Institute from Norway

UF proton therapy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In an agreement with the Norway Health Authority, UF Proton Therapy Institute will treat both children and adults who have rare tumors in the nasal and sinus cavity, skull, and brain. Currently there are no medical centers in Norway that offer proton therapy, and for cancers in highly sensitive areas, proton therapy provides patients a superior treatment that also minimizes risk of damage to... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Lung cancer survivor

Suzan proton therapy treatment
A year ago, doctors told Suzan Shughart she had lung cancer and had only 18-24 months to live. But this month, she had an extra reason to celebrate her 60th birthday, as it was also her last day of lung cancer proton therapy treatment at MD Anderson. When Suzan first received her cancer diagnosis, her doctors were stumped: the test results showed both large and small cell lung cancer, not in her lung but in her chest.... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton therapy for lung cancer

Proton therapy lung cancer awareness month
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the U.S. This disease has just a 15% survival rate and causes more deaths worlwide than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate) : 1.3 million deaths every year. About $10.3 billion is spent annually in the U.S. on lung cancer treatment alone. Physicians at The University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center are leaders in the research... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton Therapy for lung cancer: decreased risk of secondary malignancies

Lung Cancer awareness month proton therapy
In the treatment of cancer, it is challenging to deliver an adequate dose of radiation to the tumor while sparing nearby normal tissues. Proton therapy’s advantage for many lung cancer patients is based on this feature. By minimizing the exposure of normal tissues, proton therapy allows to spare critical nearby structures such as the esophagus, heart and spinal cord, and shows tremendous advantages when compared with... Full article
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