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Protons prove to be only hope for New York woman fighting late-effect cancer from photon radiation

Protons prove to be only hope for New York woman fighting late-effect cancer from photon radiation
2015 is a new year for Mary Lanuti. A new year to appreciate the blessings of good health, once again. For 13 years, Mary had lived cancer free, tending to the home and family she loves. But an occasional side effect of the conventional radiation used to successfully treat Mary’s rectal cancer back in 2000 finally caught up to her. And Mary was shocked to find she had cancer once again. “They said it was a radiation-induced sarcoma,” Mary recalls. “They told me it was very, very rare. I said, ‘Why me?’ I couldn’t believe it. But then I figured, I’d beat it once. I’d beat it again.” And this time, a different kind of radiation — proton beam radiation — would help her do so. In October 2009, Mary experienced a sudden onset of intense pain running the... 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

Some types of breast cancer suited for protons after surgery

Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, Clinical Director at UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
With their ability to target cancer while minimizing radiation harm to the heart and lungs, protons hold great promise in the treatment of breast cancer. But not all breast cancer patients will benefit from protons. In fact, a leading radiation oncologist currently sees just four types of breast cancer where protons will be preferable to photon radiation — and all as follow-up to breast cancer surgery. “I expect... Full article

Protons may lower risk of radiation-related heart disease among breast cancer patients

Dr. Julie Bradley, Radiation Oncologist at UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
If only Dr. Julie Bradley could speed up time, she would confirm what she suspects: Breast cancer survivors treated with protons will be much less likely to die from heart disease than those treated with photon radiation. But Bradley is no wizard. She’s a radiation oncologist at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. And she and other researchers are working to find clear signs... Full article

WEB REVIEW – What is breast cancer ?

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Breast cancer is a kind of cancer originating from breast cells. It usually starts off in the inner lining of milk ducts (ductal carcinoma) or the lobules that supply them with milk (lobular carcinoma). As a malignant type of tumor, breast cancer is able to invade other parts of the body. Incidence: Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in females worldwide. It accounts for 16% of all female cancers and... Full article