Inside the new MedStar Georgetown proton therapy center

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has taken the lead in the local proton therapy arms race.   Though, it’s a fleeting accolade. The hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center unveiled to guests and media Wednesday its new proton therapy center — a $40 million investment — marking the beginning of a new treatment available to eligible cancer patients. It’s one of about 30 proton centers across the country, billed as the only one of its kind in the region. But Greater Washington’s…
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This study was performed to determine the clinical and patient-reported outcomes for patients with PC treated with HFPT.
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: IMPT following IBR spared underlying organs and had low rates of acute toxicity. Reconstruction complications are more common in irradiated breasts, and reconstructive outcomes appear comparable with photon literature. Hypofractionation was associated with higher reconstruction failure rates. Further investigation of optimal dose-fractionation after IBR is needed. PMID: 31185327 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Radiotherapy and Oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Radiother Oncol Source Type: research
PMID: 31166085 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics - Category: Physics Authors: Tags: J Appl Clin Med Phys Source Type: research
An international group of 22 liver cancer experts from 18 institutions met in Miami, Florida to discuss the optimal utilization of proton beam therapy (PBT) for primary and metastatic liver cancer. There was consensus that PBT may be preferred for liver cancer patients expected to have a suboptimal therapeutic ratio from XRT, but that PBT should not be preferred for all patients. Various clinical scenarios demonstrating appropriateness of PBT versus XRT were reviewed.
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
It is critical that rigorous evaluation of technology in radiation oncology be undertaken during the early stages of implementation or when there is a marked cost differential. Prospective clinical data proving the clinical effectiveness of emerging technology may not be available to guide proper investment and development. In these scenarios, models can be used to simulate expected clinical outcomes and predict comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.1 In this edition of the Red Journal, 2 studies use model-based approaches to compare photon intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) to proton beam therapy (PBT...
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Clinical Investigation Source Type: research
A first-of-its-kind study compares the cure rates and side effects of proton therapy and X-ray radiation for people with various forms of cancer.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer / Oncology Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: This study showed that a complementary dose with proton seems to be a good option for the treatment of locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma, particularly for T4N0M0. PMID: 31138519 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Cancer Radiotherapie - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Cancer Radiother Source Type: research
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has taken the lead in the Washington, D.C.-area proton therapy arms race. Though, it’s a fleeting accolade. The hospital unveiled to guests and media Wednesday its new proton therapy center — a $40 million investment — marking the beginning of a new treatment available to eligible cancer patients. It’s one of about 30 proton centers across the country, billed a s the only one of its kind in the region. Although, the Maryland Proton Treatment Center…
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University of Cincinnati researchers plan to enroll more than 20 women with early stage breast cancer in a unique clinical trial, which will involve the most expensive medical device in the region. The trial will involve proton radiotherapy designed to zap cancer with particles that travel faster than a bolt of lightning – and with great precision.  Treatment will take place at the $120 million Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/UC Health Proton Therapy Center in Butler Coun ty,…
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University of Cincinnati researchers plan to enroll more than 20 women with early stage breast cancer in a unique clinical trial, which will involve the most expensive medical device in the region. The trial will involve proton radiotherapy designed to zap cancer with particles that travel faster than a bolt of lightning – and with great precision.  Treatment will take place at the $120 million Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/UC Health Proton Therapy Center in Butler Coun ty,…
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