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  • 05/29/2019

    Protons 101: Proton Therapy and SpaceOAR at The Oklahoma Proton Center

    Less radiation dose to normal structures is a key component of cancer treatment. Today, we’ll review very briefly 1) what SpaceOAR is, 2) why at the Oklahoma Proton Center we use it for most patients, and 3) why we think it is a great match for proton therapy and prostate…

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  • 05/24/2019

    Protons 101: Breast Cancer, Radiation, and Heart Health

    DISCLAIMER / About the Blog – Please read once if you haven’t. Protecting the heart during the treatment of breast cancer is a critical component of developing an overall cancer treatment plan for a breast cancer patient. Before we start the more technical side of the…

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  • 05/13/2019

    Protons 101: Prostate Cancer: Summary of Current Data

    LAST UPDATED: August 2019 to reflect the new August 3rd Lancet randomized prostate cancer trial. Summary of Current Prostate Cancer Outcome Data for Patients Treated with Radiation: Below is a table summarizing recent trials that have been published on prostate cancer. This table simply attempts to summarize current data comparing…

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  • 05/09/2019

    Protons 101: Your first question - Should I have Proton Therapy?

    If you get diagnosed with cancer, what are the very first questions to ask of your treatment team? 1. Should I have Proton Therapy? Like many things you see online, the first words and headings are designed to grab attention. This headline is like that in a way because the…

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  • 04/30/2019

    Protons 101: "My doctor would tell me if proton therapy was a good option, right?"

    DISCLAIMER / About the Blog – Please read once if you haven’t. An extra disclaimer: Some of these post are really pretty easy to write and some of these post are pretty difficult. This one is on the more difficult side as it touches upon a…

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  • 04/27/2019

    Protons 101 - Where Radiation Dose Goes

    DISCLAIMER / About the Blog – Please read once if you haven’t. Today we’ll look at total integral dose delivered to the patient across a variety of cancers treated with radiation. Here is the crazy part of this post: For most treatments, much more radiation dose…

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  • 04/15/2019

    Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month - April 2019

    DISCLAIMER / About the Blog – Please read once if you haven’t. The month of April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. So today we’ll look a bit closer at Proton Therapy and when it can be effectively utilized in this disease. Esophageal cancer will be diagnosed…

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  • 04/09/2019

    Protons 101: Esophageal Cancer Treatment with Protons

    DISCLAIMER / About the Blog – Please read once if you haven’t. An Esophageal Cancer comparison plan performed at the Oklahoma Proton Center showing the difference in radiation dose between an IMRT plan on the left and a Proton Therapy plan on the right.   An…

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  • 04/03/2019

    Tonsil Cancer Treatment: Protons vs IMRT

    DISCLAIMER / About the Blog – Please read once if you haven’t. Today, really just a picture. No long explanation needed. Not close. Comparison plan for an early tonsil case where unilateral treatment is indicated. Colors represent doses – blue is the least. Red is the…

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  • 04/01/2019

    Protons 101: What is Proton Therapy?

    On a basic level, this is always the first question I get when asked why I moved to Oklahoma – What is Proton Therapy? So today, I’ll try to give a balanced look at why they are better and why, even with that statement, why they aren’t for every case:…

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