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.
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
Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville has been treating a growing number of pediatric patients over the past few months. To help children feel more comfortable while they are here for treatments, the pediatric team hosted Provision’s first Pediatric Art Therapy session on July 24th.
Content and information provided by Casey Coffey, MS, RD, LDN at Provision CARES Proton Therapy.
A nutritionally balanced diet is very important anytime, especially during and after cancer treatment. Consider planning your meals using a balanced plate approach. Eating meals with a balanced plate is a valuable tool to control your portion intake of the different food groups. While each section of a balanced plate is important, your body needs more of some and less of others.
Content provided by Rebecca Bergeron – Director, Clinical Services at Provision CARES Proton Therapy – Knoxville.
What are sarcomas and why should we be concerned about them?
A few years ago, my son asked me “how do you keep up with all the medical names in your job and what they mean?” Well, in the medical field, and especially in oncology, we learn the origin and meaning of the different parts of diseases, drugs, and procedures to more easily identify and recall them.