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WEB REVIEW – Proton therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma

Bradford S. Hoppe, radiation oncologist
Many patients with Hodgkin lymphoma suffer from late effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment, including the possible onset of breast cancer or heart disease. Early evidence suggests proton therapy offers safer long-term results. A study by the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI) shows that the use of proton therapy following chemotherapy in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma has a success rate similar to the conventional treatments with a reduction of radiation outside of the target area, or “involved-node”, potentially reducing the risk of late effects caused by radiation. The study tracked 15 patients between September 2009 and June 2013 with newly diagnosed Hodgkin lymphoma as they received involved-node proton therapy (INPT). The data shows... Full article

WEB REVIEW – U.K. girl with cancer seeks treatment in the US

Bethany, 2 year old, fighting against cancer with her family
A family from England traveled more than 4,500 miles to Oklahoma City to get proton therapy treatment and save their 2-year-old daughter from a growing tumor.   Bethany Barsby is fighting a rare form of cancer that developed in her muscle cheek called rhabdomyosarcoma. Only 350 cases are discovered in the United States every year and that number is even smaller in the U.K. “We thought what the hospital... Full article

Press release: Provision Center for Proton Therapy Names Medical Director: Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist Will Lead Tennessee’s First Proton Center

The Provision Center for Proton Therapy announced today it has named Marcio Fagundes, M.D., as medical director.  A board-certified radiation oncologist, he comes to Knoxville from the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City where he has practiced proton therapy and conducted significant research.  He will start his new role on July 15. “The addition of Dr. Fagundes as medical director is another important step in building our team of proton therapy experts,” said Mary Lou DuBois, President of Provision Center for Proton Therapy.  “He is an extremely knowledgeable and... Full article

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center Names New Associate Medical Director

SCCA Proton Therapy Center, a ProCure Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center, has recruited two expert radiation oncologists from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ramesh Rengan joins SCCA Proton Therapy as the new associate medical director and Dr. Smith “Jim” Apisarnthanarax as a practicing radiation oncologist. Both physicians will also join the University of Washington School of Medicine as Associate Professors. “Our... 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

ProCure Training Centers

An inclined-beam treatment room at the ProCure Training and Development Center
Growth in Proton Therapy Increases Demand for Well-Trained Staff Since opening in 2008, the ProCure Training and Development Center (TDC) in Bloomington, Indiana, has prepared more than 100 health care professionals employed by ProCure Treatments Centers, Inc., to work in the burgeoning field of proton therapy. Demand for well-educated professional staff is high, because of the growing number of centers offering this... Full article