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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 radiation-induced sarcoma,” Mary recalls. “They told me it was very, very rare. I said, ‘Why me?’ I couldn’t believe it. But then I figured, I’d beat it once. I’d beat it again.” And this time, a different kind of radiation — proton beam radiation — would help her do so. In October 2009, Mary experienced a sudden onset of intense pain running the... Full article