The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the world’s premier organization in Radiation Oncology, states that “solid tumors in children are considered among the highest priority for proton therapy”1 in its Model Policy. Based on this prioritization, a group of 24 internationally recognized leaders in the various specialties in oncology, convened in 2015 to define proton therapy’s role in pediatric cancers, identify which cases yield the most benefit from a limited resource, and set priorities for future development in the field.
Ben Wilkinson, MD, Medical Director of Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville welcomes Robert S. Lavey, M.D., M.P.H. to the Provision CARES team.
Dr. Lavey has been board-certified in Radiation Oncology since 1988. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned his Doctorate in Medicine from Stanford University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at Duke University and was awarded National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Stanford University Department of Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
As Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville continues to treat more pediatric cancer patients, Nurse Manager Lindsay C. has created and illustrated a new coloring book that explains the proton therapy treatment experience to children.
Improvements in treatment technologies consistently push the medical community to assess the potential benefits, risks, and costs. As proton therapy becomes more accessible, studies will be used to evaluate the most broadly beneficial ways to use the limited resource.
Free PSA Test and Blood Drive at Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville September 13th and 14th!
Eddie Check is celebrating its 15th anniversary of offering men across East Tennessee a free PSA test and raising awareness for prostate cancer. On September 13th and 14th, you are invited to get a free screening test for prostate cancer as well participate in a blood drive. (more…)
Clinical trials have a vital role in the advancement of medicine. Physicians rely on sound clinical evidence which meets strict scientific standards, along with their personal experience and knowledge of the patient, to guide treatment decisions. Medical societies and insurance companies also use the results of studies to create treatment and coverage guidelines.
By Marriah M. LCSW, Medical Social Worker at Provision CARES Proton Therapy, Knoxville
Cognitive health is just as important as physical health, especially following cancer treatment. Depending on your diagnosis you may have had chemotherapy or radiation, both of which may affect memory, concentration, or the ability to perform well in school or at work. These side effects may last for a short time or they may persist for many years following treatment. Additionally, it is important to know that you may not notice signs of side effects from your treatment until a while after treatment has ended. Side effects which occur a few months or even years after treatment are called late effects.
Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with cancer? According to the National Cancer Institute, 38.4 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with some type of cancer during their lifetime. Yet there’s hope for this statistic! There are more treatment options available to cancer patients today than ever before, and it’s important to know them.
Provision Dosimetrists Win Big with Protons
In honor of National Medical Dosimetrist’s Day, Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville wants to call attention to recent accomplishments of members of our medical dosimetry team. This spring, medical dosimetrists from all over the world participated in a competition to create the best dosimetry plan to treat a specified breast cancer patient. The Provision dosimetrists’ submissions were awarded top scores.
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), recently celebrated their 60thanniversary! This year’s conference was held in Nashville, Tennessee from July 29th – August 2nd, and Provision Healthcare was an exhibitor. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet medical physicists from around the globe, introducing them to our business and our rich history in innovation.
Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center and RaySearch Laboratories also hosted an exclusive tour on July 30th at the Nashville proton therapy center. The tour showcased Provision Healthcare’s ProNova SC360 Proton Therapy System, along with RaySearch products RayCare and RayStation used for treatment planning at the new center, which is scheduled to begin treating patients later this year! Approximately 75 guests toured the treatment rooms at the facility, enjoyed software demonstrations by RaySearch, and were treated to a guest reception in the lobby.
Photo credits: Jill Preston, RaySearch, and Provision Healthcare