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.
Content and information provided by Rebecca Bergeron, RN, BSN, OCN Director of Clinical Services for Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville
February is American Heart Month, and it is the perfect time to talk about preventing unnecessary radiation dose to the heart, often times causing radiation-induced heart disease. When people begin their fight against cancer, they are most likely not thinking about reducing their future risk of heart disease; however, this is certainly something we are thinking about at Provision CARES Proton Therapy. (more…)
Replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat impacts reduce risk of lung cancer
By Casey Coffey MS, RD, LDN
According to recent studies, benefits of polyunsaturated fats have been widely reviewed by looking at the relationship between dietary components of the Mediterranean diet and cancer risk, diabetes, cardiovascular events, and Alzheimer’s disease. Within these studies, the primary conclusion shows correlation between fat intake and risk associated with lung cancer.
Proton therapy got positive billing at the recent Particle Therapy Cooperative Group, as researchers from across the country presented findings that showed proton therapy reduced potentially life-altering side effects and improved survival rates for cancer patients.
When it comes to prepping and treating a patient for cancer, technology can only take you so far. Sometimes you need a little help from the patient. (more…)
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease early is key to helping delay onset and manage the disease.
The Center for Biomedical Research is the first in the state of Tennessee to be approved for participation in a clinical trial known as the Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning, or IDEAS—study. (more…)
Three years after Provision opened the doors of its proton therapy center, awareness and demand for the treatment are growing—as is evidence of its effectiveness in treating various cancers, including prostate cancer and breast cancer.
At the National Association for Proton Therapy conference last week, Provision was well represented as employees spoke about ways technology, marketing and research are continuing to help boost proton therapy’s presence and use in providing quality care. (more…)
If you ‘heart’ your ‘heart,’ a growing number of studies demonstrate that treating cancer with protons helps reduce the risk of heart disease due to radiation exposure. This is especially important for breast cancer patients, whose cardiovascular systems can suffer from conventional radiation spilling over into the heart and lungs.
Back when the country’s great minds of science were cloistered in secret laboratories, manipulating the power of atoms into a weapon that would stop the world’s second great war, they were also dreaming of a time when such knowledge would be used for peace.