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WEB REVIEW – Raising £40k for little boy’s US proton treatment

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Jayden Nicol, a brave British six-year-old, has flown to the US to fight his cancer and undergo potentially life-saving proton therapy treatment after his family rallied to raise £40,000 in just three weeks. Jayden was first seen by doctors when his family took him to St John’s Hospital in Livingston after he was sick every morning for weeks. An MRI scan revealed a massive tumor on his brain stem. He was diagnosed with an ependymoma, a rare form of tumor which affects the central nervous system, and underwent a ten-hour operation that left him in a wheelchair. His family has been working round the clock to collect the cash needed to fund their visit to Florida after doctors insisted the move was their best hope. They were able to raise an astonishing £40,300 to cover the cost... Full article

WEB REVIEW – 12-year-old boy flies to USA for cancer treatment

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Adrian Secareanu, 12, has flown to Florida to have life-saving treatment for a rare type of cancer, a mucoepidermoid carcinoma, found in his neck and jaw. Adrian underwent several operations to remove his tumor. He is now having specialist proton therapy to prevent it from returning in a more aggressive form. Chesterfield-based national charity Kids ‘N’ Cancer recently launched a campaign to help Adrian and his... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma

Bradford S. Hoppe, radiation oncologist
Many patients with Hodgkin lymphoma suffer from late effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment, including the possible onset of breast cancer or heart disease. Early evidence suggests proton therapy offers safer long-term results. A study by the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI) shows that the use of proton therapy following chemotherapy in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma has a success... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Tyler is full of life after treatment in America

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4-year-old Tyler Martin was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a year ago and had to fly to America for specialist treatment when it reached 1 mm away from his brain. After losing sight in one eye, he can now say he’s feeling better. The NHS agreed to fly Tyler, his mom Tracey and his dad Steve out to Florida for the treatment. Despite undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and proton therapy for seven weeks, the family... Full article

Early Evidence Suggests Proton Therapy Offers Safe, Long-Term Treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Despite some success in treating patients with Hodgkin lymphoma, many patients suffer from late effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment, including the possible onset of breast cancer or heart disease.   A study by the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute shows that the use of proton therapy following chemotherapy in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma has a success rate similar to the conventional... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Adrian, 12, launches £10k appeal for PT in the US

Adrian Secareanu and his parents with members from Kids'n'Cancer
Adrian Secareanu, 12 years old, has been diagnosed with mucoepidermoid carcinoma, a tumor located in his neck and jaw. He needs to raise £10,000 to support treatment for a rare form of cancer in the US. Following several operations to remove the tumor, Adrian is due to travel to Florida for proton therapy to stop it returning in a more aggressive form. He is expected to spend at least three months in the US. He will... 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

Part 7 – In the search for the best cancer therapy option, “knowledge is power”

When they first diagnosed 3-year-old Georgia with a rare Ewing’s sarcoma in June 2012, physicians at St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Philippines predicted a 20 percent chance of survival. Amazingly, four months of chemotherapy and experimental P53 gene therapy had reduced the tumor on Georgia’s spine by 70 percent. But the side effects of those treatments also ravaged her tiny body. In October, Becca and Nick had to choose which radiation treatment would best kill the last bits of their little girl’s tumor — and do so with as few serious side effects as possible.... Full article

Part 6 – In search of the best cancer therapy option, “knowledge is power”

To Becca and Nick’s surprise, the Filipino radiologists who each had advocated their own radiation specialties — IMRT, CyberKnife and Tomotherapy — to treat 3-year-old Georgia’s cancer, had come to a consensus. Proton Therapy would be best for Georgia. Becca and Nick eagerly awaited word from specialists at a London hospital. "On October 10, Becca returned to writing in her blog, The Helping Georgia Fund: “I can research until the cows come home but we need experts who have done this procedure to tell us the options and give advice. We need someone to say I have done this... Full article