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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

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

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

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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

WEB REVIEW – Teenager shaves her head for her cancer friend

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Charlie Hemming, a 15 year old British teenager with bladder cancer, can really count on her best friend: yesterday, the young girl shaved her hair to raise funds so her friend can see her family this Christmas. Charlie Hemming is being flown to Oklahoma, USA, to be treated with proton therapy (not yet available in the UK), but the NHS will only pay for her mom and another guest. Faye, who has known Charlie for... 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

WEB REVIEW – Joe Landry, prostate cancer survivor

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When Joe Landry’s younger brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his time and attention turned to helping his brother find the best care and treatment for the cancer. His research and resourcefulness paid off, as Joe was diagnosed with prostate cancer a year later. Joe, a retiree, had spent 37 years with an oil and gas company and, with the exception of periodic bouts with prostatitis and kidney stones, he’d... 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

From the editors – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Dear Readers, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer still touches too many of our moms, sisters and daughters. Proton Therapy Today is willing to help, to support the huge effort that is being made by thousands of people worldwide and to help them raise awareness about this disease. Over the next ten days, we will publish a series of articles and reviews about breast cancer and how proton therapy can... Full article

Proton system engineer sees beam from new vantage point

Mike Notarus
For more than two decades, Mike Notarus has helped guide the design and construction of 17 proton treatment centers around the world. Last April, he saw protons from a very different vantage point — laying on the treatment couch. Diagnosed with prostate cancer by his physicians at the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, Mike knew exactly which treatment he would pursue. And he knew where he would be... Full article

Web review – Harvey stays positive thanks to proton therapy

Harvey Rector, 71-year-old former Springfield police officer, has completed his proton therapy treatment this summer. And to look on his smiling face today, one would never think he once was wrecked by pain caused by a cancerous growth on his tailbone. First, doctors told him he would have to have the tailbone cut off and undergo radiation, and that he could be paralyzed from the waist down. But fortunately, an oncologist at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis directed him to ProCure, a health care company that provides cancer treatment through the use of proton therapy. “They told... Full article

From our readers – Be Positive like the Protons

I am a 30 year survivor of a clival chordoma.  I was first diagnosed in September of 1983.  We found Mass General / Harvard Cyclotron by luck. In 1983 nobody had any idea what a chordoma was let alone any medical protocols.  October 17, 1983 I had a transphenodial biopsy done at Mass General and then on October 31, 1983 I started my 7000 rads of experimental proton bean radiation therapy at the Harvard Cyclotron in Cambridge. Over the 30 years I have terrible headaches every day, double vision, tinnitus and lately pituitary failure {hypopituitary}.  I have also worked every... Full article
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