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5 years after proton beam therapy, most prostate cancer patients are disease-free and living a normal life, study reports

According to Dr Mendenhall, the number of cancer-free men previously diagnosed with mid-level prostate cancer is of particular significance
A long-term outcomes study of prostate cancer patients treated with image-guided protons may begin to dispel questions about the efficacy of proton therapy and its impact on patient quality of life. For five years, clinicians at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, tracked the ongoing health of 211 men. Each had been diagnosed with low-, intermediate- or high-risk prostate cancer. And all had been treated with image-guided proton therapy between August 2006 and September 2007. Among prostate cancer study participants, patients were deemed low risk with a Gleason score of 6, and a PSA less than 10. Intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients had a Gleason score of greater than 6 but less than 8, and/or a PSA more than 10, but less than 20.... Full article

From our partners : Cancer patients to travel to UF Proton Therapy Institute from Norway

UF proton therapy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In an agreement with the Norway Health Authority, UF Proton Therapy Institute will treat both children and adults who have rare tumors in the nasal and sinus cavity, skull, and brain. Currently there are no medical centers in Norway that offer proton therapy, and for cancers in highly sensitive areas, proton therapy provides patients a superior treatment that also minimizes risk of damage to... Full article

Some types of breast cancer suited for protons after surgery

Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, Clinical Director at UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
With their ability to target cancer while minimizing radiation harm to the heart and lungs, protons hold great promise in the treatment of breast cancer. But not all breast cancer patients will benefit from protons. In fact, a leading radiation oncologist currently sees just four types of breast cancer where protons will be preferable to photon radiation — and all as follow-up to breast cancer surgery. “I expect... Full article

Protons may lower risk of radiation-related heart disease among breast cancer patients

Dr. Julie Bradley, Radiation Oncologist at UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
If only Dr. Julie Bradley could speed up time, she would confirm what she suspects: Breast cancer survivors treated with protons will be much less likely to die from heart disease than those treated with photon radiation. But Bradley is no wizard. She’s a radiation oncologist at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. And she and other researchers are working to find clear signs... Full article

Proton system engineer sees beam from new vantage point

Mike Notarus
For more than two decades, Mike Notarus has helped guide the design and construction of 17 proton treatment centers around the world. Last April, he saw protons from a very different vantage point — laying on the treatment couch. Diagnosed with prostate cancer by his physicians at the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, Mike knew exactly which treatment he would pursue. And he knew where he would be... Full article