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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 – English teacher battling cancer and insurance company

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Carin Graber, an English teacher at Bonnabel High School in Kenner, Louisiana is battling both brain cancer and her insurance company. After two prior surgeries, Carin’s doctor at MD Anderson in Texas wanted to try an advanced type of radiation called Proton Beam Therapy. "I think it's probably about twice as expensive as normal radiation, but quite a bit safer for a cancer patient that has brain cancer," said her... Full article

Florida’s 5-year outcomes study of prostate cancer patients surprised some radiation oncologists

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Results of the first five-year outcomes study of prostate cancer patients treated with image-guided proton beams have generated some surprise among radiation oncologists not affiliated with a proton therapy center.   “I have had emails from a number of people who have not been involved in proton therapy who were asking for an explanation,” said Nancy P. Mendenhall, M.D., lead author of the peer-reviewed... Full article

WEB REVIEW – The story of a 3-time cancer survivor

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Larry Zaruba, 59, a retired teacher of auto mechanics at Yoakum High School, Texas, has survived three battles against cancer during the past decade. After smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes a day for 25 years, Zaruba quit cold turkey at the age of 41. However, he did not avoid the onset of three different cancers. "Smokers can retain damage several decades," said Dr. William Morrison from MD Anderson Cancer Center... Full article

WEB REVIEW – PT better than IMRT for head & neck cancer

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Proton beam therapy (PT) has a significant advantage over intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) when it comes to improving disease-free survival and tumor control in patients with head and neck cancers according to a study by Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists. The study was published in Lancet Oncology and involved a systematic review of the literature on outcomes of proton beam therapy compared to IMRT. The... Full article

Fewer side effects lead patients with head and neck cancers to protons

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Proton radiation oncologists continue to be optimistic about the early results they are seeing in treating head and neck cancers. In the Czech Republic, a leading radiation oncologist reports that patients there who have been treated for head and neck cancers with protons are experiencing far fewer side effects than those typically experienced by photon radiation patients. “Protons have huge benefits,” says Dr.... Full article

Advances in technology, clear clinical benefits will drive more cancer doctors to use protons

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The latest technical advancement in proton therapy is already providing such compelling early evidence of its benefit for patients, a leading radiation oncologist predicts it will become standard treatment for many cancers.   In use at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas, for more than three years now, intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) permits doctors to treat one tiny section of a tumor... Full article

Protons kept Washington State man in the saddle during prostate cancer therapy

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Rich Braun has been commuting by bike to his job for seven years. In sun, rain and even snow. Forty-five minutes each workday morning, peddling a bit uphill, with the return trip a speedier 35 minutes. It’s a ritual by which Rich abides all year long. Come the weekend, Rich usually lets loose with a 50- or 60-mile trek. “Yeah, I live a pretty active lifestyle,” says the 60-year-old resident of Everett,... Full article

WEB REVIEW – 12-year-old boy flies to USA for cancer treatment

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Adrian Secareanu, 12, has flown to Florida to have life-saving treatment for a rare type of cancer, a mucoepidermoid carcinoma, found in his neck and jaw. Adrian underwent several operations to remove his tumor. He is now having specialist proton therapy to prevent it from returning in a more aggressive form. Chesterfield-based national charity Kids ‘N’ Cancer recently launched a campaign to help Adrian and his... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma

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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... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Bella’s benefit

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Isabella ‘Bella’ Rennie has just turned 3. Weeks before her 2nd birthday in January 2012 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her life and her family’s changed forever. Bella had been a healthy girl, apart from the usual colds and a bout of chickenpox. For a long period, she displayed a head tilt, and in late 2011, she began to display facial asymmetry and have trouble fully closing her left eye. On 11 January,... Full article