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WEB REVIEW – Breast Cancer Patient Finds A New Way To Fight

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Anastasia Berkheimer, a San Diego woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time found a new way of fighting the disease. So far, so good : she is now cancer free. Anastasia beat cancer the first time with radiation, but it was painful. She went to her doctor, who told her she got second to third degree burns during her treatment. "I thought I was fine but then one test turned out to be not good." It was right around that time she heard about Scripps Proton Therapy Center opening in San Diego. It aims to treat cancer patients with a new laser technology the size of a pencil lead allowing doctors to hit tumors without affecting the surrounding normal tissue.   "I had doubts", Anastasia said, but she gave it a try earlier this month and became the center's... 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

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

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

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

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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

New UF Proton Therapy Institute newsletter

New UF Proton Therapy Institute newsletter points out biased data and faulty assumptions in UNC study. The first issue of a newsletter from the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute includes a critique of a medical journal article by University of North Carolina researchers that claimed prostate cancer patients experience more troubling side effects after Proton Therapy than patients treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy. “We question the value of printing such a poorly conducted and ill-informed research study,” wrote Stuart Klein, executive director at the... Full article