Check out the latest news about proton therapy: this week, find out how this state-of-the-art treatment modality is helping more and more families win cancer over.
Charlotte is back home after PT abroad
Charlotte Watson, a 4-year-old girl from Stanley, UK is back home from seven weeks of pioneering cancer treatment in America funded by the NHS.
After she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her right eye, Charlotte went to Florida, US with her family to undergo proton therapy.
Her uncle, Jonathan McKenzie, said: « The proton treatment was suitable for Charlotte’s condition because of the location of her tumor. Proton therapy only benefits approximately 1% of cancer sufferers, so Charlotte was really lucky ».
Jonathan has created a fund in her name called ‘Charlotte’s Challenge’, with the aim of raising awareness of proton therapy and raising a £10,000 for Clic Sargent, a charity that helps families in UK dealing with childhood cancers.
Charlotte has two more sessions of chemotherapy left, after that she will be given an MRI to assess the success of the treatment. « She has a good prognosis and her doctors are hoping she is almost out of the woods, just in time for Christmas. », Jonathan said.
Couple renews their vows after
Mark and Kerry Kelso, from the UK, celebrated their second wedding anniversary on October 31st. Their fight against cancer began just 6 months after they exchanged their vows, when a mass was found in Mark’s brain.
« I said to you then, I will be there every step of the way, » Kerry told Mark. She was also pregnant with their first child at the time. Earlier this year, Mark’s doctor sent him to the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute to undergo around 10 weeks of intense therapy. « I have been a bit tired some days, but it is absolutely amazing here. » Mark said.
To celebrate the end of his treatment and in honor of their second anniversary, the couple renewed their vows at the UFPTI in front of a crowd of their doctors, nurses, friends and even just other patients waiting for treatments. They couple reminded everyone what it means to truly be in love. Mark, Terry and their baby girl will be heading back to the United Kingdom next week
Fundraising to send young Mason to America
Mason Fountain’s family is setting out on a major fundraising drive to see the size of the 10-year-old’s brain tumor reduce once and for all.
Mason’s tumor was discovered in 2010 and it has since then taken its toll both physically and emotionally. « He has gone through so much in over the last four years, » his mom said.
Due to the position of the tumor, Mason has experienced mobility problems and became blind in one eye.
Mason recently completed a gruelling 52 weeks of chemotherapy, but early indications suggest that while the tumour is stable, it has not shrunk. Mason and his parents are now waiting on the results of an MRI scan to see what state it is in and if there is no improvement, it is hoped Mason will be able to get proton therapy in the USA. « Due to Mason relapsing twice already, me and my husband aren’t willing to sit back and wait for that to happen again, », his mom said.
The NHS will fund the proton therapy, but not the living costs, flights and other expenses for the rest of the family, who are currently trying to raise £10,000 to cover it. If you would like to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/masonsprotonfund