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Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is giving a shot at life to children from all over the world. 6 YEAR OLD RESCUED FROM BRAIN CANCER When young Erin Birdsey walked into an optician’s office last July, her mom’s biggest concern was how she would persuade her that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if she needed glasses. When Erin started complaining of headaches and feeling sick, her GP sent her to an ophthalmologist to have her eyes checked. The doctor noticed that one eye looked inflamed as something was pressing against it, and sent Erin straight to the hospital. Within 24h she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had a 10-hour surgery to remove it. Biopsy results and an MRI scan a week... 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

Web Review – Little girl with cancer will soon ring Chime of Hope

Courageous three-year-old little girl Ruby Hodgson is just days ago from celebrating the end of her cancer treatment at the University of Florida’s Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI) in Jacksonville. She will ring a Chime of Hope, which has now become a tradition for all patients on completion of their treatment to symbolize it has worked and they are ready to face the future. Ruby was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was 1 and underwent many treatments. Unfortunately, her tumor returned when she was 3 and specialists recommended she was sent to America to get state-of-the-art... Full article

Part 1 – In the search for the best cancer therapy option,“knowledge is power”

April 8th can’t come soon enough for Becca and Nick. That’s the day PET scans and an MRI will be done to see if their 3-year-old daughter’s tumor is gone. The scans will be conducted at St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Philippines where Georgia undergoes chemotherapy. They’ll be evaluated by her medical team in Manila and her proton therapy team some 1,600 miles away in Seoul, Korea, at the National Cancer Center’s Proton Therapy Center. Diagnosed with an aggressive tumor on her lower spine just days after her birthday last June, Georgia received proton beam treatments at... Full article

A mom needs life-changing cancer treatment

A major fundraising event will take place on February 22nd to help a mom with cancer get state-of-the-art proton therapy cancer treatment. Lian Gittus, 33 years old, is a police community support officer from Wales. She’s currently on sick leave because she has an extremely rare form of cancer on her spine, called Ewing's Sarcoma. Her family, friends and colleagues are trying to help her and have organized a fundraiser in case she fails to be granted proton therapy in America on the NHS, as paying for it privately will cost around £140,000. A colleague of hers said: « Lian has... Full article

Press Review – Proton therapy could help a 11-year-old cancer girl

Ciara Allan suffered a stroke caused by a brain tumor when she was three and has since spent much of her short life fighting against cancer.  Now, thanks to state of the art proton therapy treatment in the US, the young girl and her family have new hope that she will beat the tumor, which had showed new signs of growth. The 11-year-old is one of the few Scots who have received NHS (National Health Service) funding to travel to the US for proton therapy. Her parents first found out about this kind of treatment after they were told that traditional therapy was not working and their... Full article

Press Review – Young Danny, flies to USA for vital cancer therapy

Seven-year-old Danny King was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2011. His parents have set up an appeal for funds to help them go to America, where their son can get the treatment he needs. Danny suffered for weeks before he was diagnosed, at the age of six. « He had sickness and diarrhoea one night », his mom Mandy says. For at least eight hours he had excruciating pain. I took him to the doctor but at the time there was a sickness bug going around so they put it down to that and it carried on for another nine weeks, one night a week. » « I knew it must be more than a... Full article