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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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  • 03/22/2019

    Benefits of Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer

    TOTAL DOSE: A SIMPLE EXAMPLE SHOWING JUST HOW MUCH LESS WE TREAT WITH PROTON THERAPY. One of the more commonly treated cancers with Proton Therapy is prostate cancer. It’s use for prostate cancer has been a controversial topic for decades as people argue costs vs. benefits. In general, I think…

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  • 03/16/2019

    Head and Neck Cancer Treatment, Part 2

    Head and Neck Cancer Proton Therapy – A dramatic difference for some cases. DISCLAIMER / About the Blog – Please read once if you haven’t. For Part 1 of this Head and Neck example, please look here. In Part 2, we’ll move…

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  • 03/14/2019

    Head and Neck Cancer Treatment, Part 1.

    An Educational Series for Informed Patients: Head and Neck Cancer Proton Therapy – A dramatic difference for some cases. Today, I’d just like to go into a bit more depth on head and neck cancer treatment and give a real life example. Radiation the main treatment for many…

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