The use of proton beam therapy is expanding to include a diverse range of tumor sites, thanks to emerging research revealing the effectiveness of this advanced radiation treatment modality. Originally used in the treatment of prostate, brain, and pediatric tumors, we are seeing more and more types of tumors being treated with proton therapy. This is due to its ability to precisely deliver large amounts of cancer-fighting radiation directly to tumor sites while producing minimal side effects and reducing exposure to surrounding organs.
A recent study published online in the medical journal "European Urology" indicated that radiation therapy and surgery are equally effective in treating even aggressive prostate cancer. The study was the first of its kind to compare radiation therapy and surgery outcomes and side effects in patients with aggressive forms of prostate cancer.
Survivor Spotlight: Breast Cancer Survivor Karelyn Lotz Gives Back to Those in Need
When Karelyn Lotz was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016, she put her years as a nurse midwife into practice by staying calm, cool, and collected. “The diagnosis was a surprise,” she says, “but I’m a nurse, so I wasn’t shocked.” (Please click photo to access article.)
Survivor Spotlight: Tom Flynn Found Unexpected Community while Undergoing Proton Therapy
Former Notre Dame National Champion Tom Flynn was determined to treat his prostate cancer with proton therapy, but Jacksonville was nearly four hours away from his home in South Florida. Luckily, through one of Ackerman Cancer Center's social workers and the Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville, Mr. Flynn was able to find a home and a community as he underwent cancer treatment. (Click photo to access article.)
Survivor Spotlight: For Mike Field, Proton Therapy Means Smooth Sailing
Following a 31-year career at Anheuser Busch, Michael Field was looking forward to slipping into retirement. He purchased a 25-foot Hunter sailboat and spent many of his days sailing along the St. Johns River with family and friends. For a few years, it was smooth sailing, but then a visit to the urologist revealed Mike had a higher than normal PSA – a substance produced by the prostate gland that, at increased levels, is indicative of prostate cancer.
Reflections on “Decreased Incidence of Hypothyroidism with Proton Therapy”
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In the June 2016 issue of Neuro-Oncology, researchers from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston reported findings that craniospinal irradiation with proton therapy led to a decreased incidence of hypothyroidism in the long-term. (Click photo to learn more.)
7 Health Benefits of Antioxidant-Rich Tart Cherries
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Did you know that just one ounce of Montmorency cherry juice can provide the consumer with a day's worth of antioxidants? Learn more about the health benefits of tart cherries in this week's wellness bulletin. (Click photo to read article.)
Widely known as “Indian saffron”, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a spice with very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years in Southeast Asia. India produces most of the world’s turmeric crop and consumes 80% of it.
Artie’s Experience, #1: Some Background on My Prostate Cancer and Proton Treatment
At age 62, Artie was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had a successful prostatectomy, but seven years later, his PSA levels began to rise again, meaning there may be residual prostate cancer cells in his body. Here, Artie discusses his plan of action for fighting this recurrence.