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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 efficient,” said Dr. Lin, clinical operations director at Penn Medicine’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn Medicine is the branded name for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. There, head and neck cancer tumors typically are removed by surgery before follow-up treatment with radiation. “Cancer cells treated with proton... Full article

Proton beams are big guns against HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers

Doctor Alexander Lin
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

The proton experience
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