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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.

A Primer on Pediatric & Adolescent Brain Tumors

By: Ryan Perkins, M.D. -- In many cases—whether in conjunction with surgery or on its own, in cases where the tumor is unresectable—radiation therapy is a good treatment option for pediatric brain tumors. Learn more.

Reflections on “Proton beam therapy reduces toxicity, increases survival in some GI cancers”

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- While the current treatment for gastrointestinal cancers is chemoradiation followed by surgical resection, this treatment may increase the risk of toxicity in the cells of critical organs, like the kidneys or the lungs. This is where the benefits of proton therapy come into play.

Reflections on “Proton beam therapy, the silver bullet for cancer?”

In his March 2016 article, columnist Josh Allsopp discusses recent breakthroughs in cancer treatment, such as proton therapy and immunotherapy. Ackerman Cancer Center reflects on this article.

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