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PROTONS GETTING HIGH MARKS FOR TREATING GI CANCERS

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  Harmful spillover radiation to the bowels, stomach and liver has soured many cancer physicians on using conventional radiation concurrently with chemotherapy or surgery for treating gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.   But the lesser side effects of highly targeted proton radiation may dramatically change the negative perceptions about using radiation for GI cancers.   “Conventional radiation treatments for GI cancers have definitely been marginalized in pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer and rectal cancer,” says John Plastaras, M.D., a GI cancer specialist at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center and associate professor of radiation oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, part of Penn Medicine in Philadelphia,... Full article

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... Full article

Numbers, types of proton therapy clinical studies on the rise

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With 14 proton therapy centers currently operating in the United States and an additional 28 up and running worldwide, studies on the efficacy of using proton beam therapy for cancer treatment are being more widely conducted now than ever before. “Ten years ago, there were only three proton centers operating in the United States, so the number of patients who were being treated and actually could be included in... Full article