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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

Treatment for salivary cancer didn’t curb man’s passion for travel and food

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Stan Williams is hatching another trip with his wife. This time to New Orleans, Louisiana. Just three months ago, they had explored the gorgeous rainforests and beaches of Belize. And before that, they were strolling the neighborhoods of New York City. “Stephanie wants to go to the French Quarter,” Stan says. “And we’ll take a boat ride down the bayou. I really just like to taste the flavors of the city and back... Full article

House inspector kept scaling roofs during prostate cancer treatment

George was told to get robotic surgery to cure his prostate cancer but et chose proton therapy instead !
For 13 years, no rooftop was too tall for George Groeber to climb and inspect. He’d figure out a way to get up there. He had to. He knew families counted on him to be sure the biggest financial investment of their lives — a new home — was structurally sound and safe from top to bottom. And that they’re getting what they’re paying for. When George was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2013, he... Full article

Preliminary reports show promise of protons for treating head and neck cancers

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Four months into treating patients with head and neck cancers using pencil beam scanning with protons, Alexander Lin, MD, is optimistic about the results he is seeing so far. Many cancers are in remission and patients aren’t experiencing the life-changing side effects so common among those treated with conventional radiation.   When it comes to sheer cancer-killing power, “protons and photons are equally... Full article

Proton beams are big guns against HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers

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Radiation oncologists are using protons against a growing number of oropharyngeal cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). “We’re seeing a decrease in smoking-related head and neck cancers and an increase in HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers,” said Alexander Lin, MD, clinical operations director at Penn Medicine’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn Medicine is the branded... Full article

The proton experience

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The proton patient experience is featured in new awareness campaign promoting Penn Medicine’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Decked in biker gear — spandex, not leather, thank you — a fit, middle-aged man steps briskly down his front steps, hops on his road bike and begins his 20-mile ride to Philadelphia for another proton beam treatment. Two hours later, he’s on his bike pedaling toward home. But it... Full article

Proton Therapy Self-Referral

Frustrated by few options offered by cancer care specialists, families initiate online research, discover Proton Therapy. When Giles White was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the fall of 2011, he turned to his oncologist for treatment options. One option was offered: surgery. Frustrated by the doctor’s limited recommendations, Giles and his wife, Barbara, began a journey of cancer treatment research and discovery. “I couldn’t believe we only had one option,” said Barbara. “I did the research and when I uncovered all the complications that could come from surgery, I began... Full article