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Sparing Healthy Tissue in Brain Radiation Treatment

Protecting healthy tissue and preserving mental function is critically important for patients with brain tumors. Our Chief Medical Physicist, Robert Tokarz, breaks down the latest radiation therapy options available to patients.

Health Benefits of Ecotherapy

From reducing your blood pressure to increasing your self-esteem, combining physical exercise with time outdoors can provide various physical and mental health benefits for you.

What is heart failure and what can I do about it?

Heart failure is a global pandemic and about 5.7 million adults in the United States have experienced it. Here are some dietetic recommendations to limit salt intake and fluids that may help you manage heart failure.

NCCN Head & Neck Cancer Guidelines Updated to Include Proton Therapy

Recently, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancers expanded to include proton beam therapy (PBT) as an appropriate treatment option in specific cases – particularly tumors in and around the obit of the eye and base of the skull. Proton therapy has also been shown to be beneficial in curative cases of head and neck cancers or when there is long life expectancy.

Surgery vs. Radiation for Prostate Cancer

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.

Artie’s experience, #14: Tips for friends

Are you looking for cancer treatment resources to help a friend or family member? Artie realized he needed more information about Ackerman Cancer Center to help a neighbor, and this blog summarizes several tips he learned that may help you too. (Please click photo to open article)

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.)

Survivor Spotlight: Joseph Nixon

“My heart was in my throat because I knew I wanted Proton Therapy,” the retired jumbo jet pilot says. (Click photo to access article.)

Reflections on “Proton therapy has fewer side effects in esophageal cancer patients”

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In a recent study, Dr. Michael Chuong, along with colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas, discovered that patients with esophageal cancer would experience fewer side effects if treated with Proton Therapy in place of other radiation therapy practices.

Reflections on Proton Therapy for Inoperable Liver Cancer

In a February 2016 supplement to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a multi-institutional team of researchers, at facilities like Massachusetts General and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, released findings on pencil beam proton therapy for two types of liver cancer.

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