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WEB REVIEW – U.K. girl with cancer seeks treatment in the US

Bethany, 2 year old, fighting against cancer with her family
A family from England traveled more than 4,500 miles to Oklahoma City to get proton therapy treatment and save their 2-year-old daughter from a growing tumor.   Bethany Barsby is fighting a rare form of cancer that developed in her muscle cheek called rhabdomyosarcoma. Only 350 cases are discovered in the United States every year and that number is even smaller in the U.K. “We thought what the hospital thought : that it was a cyst,” said Bethany’s mom. “Then for the news to come back that it was an actual tumor, your world just come crashing down.” Bethany has already had two surgeries and six months of intensive chemotherapy.       Dr. Michael Confer, Radiation Oncologist said : “She needed something else : either a major... Full article

After a diagnosis turns family upside down, assistance is provided for whirlwind treatment

Jordyn (center) and her brothers have returned to life as usual..
A flash decision had to be made by the parents of 3-year-old Jordyn Gourley: radiation treatments close to home or proton therapy more than 1,000 miles away. “We were told by another cancer family,‘You only get one chance to do this right, don’t ever look back and have any regrets,’” said Jordyn’s mother, Kim. “So I said, ‘We’re moving to Texas.’” Two days after Jordyn’s diagnosis, they... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Brave 5-year-old fighting rhabdomyosarcoma

Sam Santhuff proton therapy treatment
Sam Santhuff, 5 years old, went to pick blackberries with his twin sister Ava and his dad Matt on August 1. Somehow, Sam got over 100 seed ticks bite, and his parents, fearing Lyme disease, took him to the doctor. When applying lotion on her son’s bites, his mom Cassie noticed a bump in his nose and took him to an ENT doctor. After several biopsies and as many doctors, on Aug. 26, Sam was diagnosed with... 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

WEB REVIEW — More kids treated with proton therapy

According to a study released by the Pediatric Proton Foundation (PPF) and the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT), the number of children with brain and spinal cancers treated with proton therapy in the U.S. has risen 33% since 2010. 465 pediatric patients were treated with proton therapy in 2010 and 613 in 2011. In 2012, they were 694, 57% of them being less than 10 years old, with a curable brain tumor or axial sarcoma, the survey reports. "Parents need to understand that proton therapy offers distinct advantages for their child's treatment over traditional radiation,"... Full article

Intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) gives doctors more flexibility to treat complex tumors

Dr. Anita Mahajan, medical director of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas.
As sophisticated as Proton Therapy is today for successfully treating cancers with few side effects, proton beam technologies continue to advance to meet the clinical needs of cancer patients. The latest generation of proton treatment methods is called intensity-modulated proton therapy or IMPT. IMPT lets radiation oncologists adjust the precision, depth and intensity of a proton beam to the peaks and valleys of... Full article