Saturday, August 12, 2017

Proton Therapy Korea(Republic of South Africa)

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“IBA has been an extraordinary partner to NCC Korea,” said Kwan Ho Cho, M.D., director of the proton therapy center. “IBA installed a first-rate system and provided design and construction expertise to ensure proper alignment and operation.”

Up until 
now, cancer patients in need of proton therapy had to travel to Japan for treatment. In 2002, the Health and Welfare Ministry committed to constructing a proton therapy center. It is a key component in Korea’s 10-year plan to improve cancer outcomes.

“NCC Korea is playing essential roles as the national center in the fight against cancer through research, medical care, support for national cancer control programs, education and training,” Dr. Cho added. “It is now able to provide state-of-the art radiotherapy for cancer patients including proton beam therapy, image-guided radiotherapy (tomotherapy), intensity modulated radiotherapy and three-dimensional conformal brachytherapy.”

Monday, November 21, 2016



The results showed that men who were treated with proton therapy for prostate cancer had the same urinary and rectal quality of life scores as men who didn't even have prostate cancer.
Don't let anyone rush you into making a decision that will have consequences for the rest of your life.
Fatigue is minimal or non-existent. (I treated an avid cyclist a few years back who rode his bicycle over a thousand miles during the nine weeks he was receiving treatment).
Rectal symptoms are almost unheard of (since such a small volume of the rectum is receiving radiation - basically just the part immediately adjacent to the prostate). Urinary irritative symptoms may occur over the same time course as they do with X-ray treatment, although they are generally less severe than with X-rays.
Multiple epidemiologic studies have shown that there is only a minimal increase in the risk of radiation induced cancers with protons as opposed to x-rays - likely due to the much smaller volume of tissue receiving any radiation dose. The few side effects men do have, usually resolve within a few weeks after proton irradiation is over. 


We pooled our data with various cancer centers in order to study about 1,000 patients who had been treated for prostate cancer with Proton Beam Therapy and compared their Quality of Life scores (in the domains of urinary and bowel function) with those of a control group of men who had no treatment (because they didn't have prostate cancer).
The EPIC questionnaire was completed by all men every three months from the beginning of treatment until at least one year after treatment.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Proton therapy proves a winner for prostate cancer sufferer traveling to Prague

Joe Tuftnell at the Proton Therapy CenterAN Andover man who used £16,000 from his life savings to become the first man in the UK to be treated at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague for prostate cancer has sung the praises of his life-changing treatment.Three years ago Joe Tuftnell was diagnosed with raised PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels and a biopsy confirmed he had a cancerous growth in his prostate.NHS consultants recommended active surveillance and said that if it did worsen, he would be offered conventional radiotherapy.Mr Tuftnell was not prepared to wait as he researched the side-effects of NHS treatments offered which had a 50 per cent chance of serious bladder and bowel problems afterwards, plus a high risk of impotence. He said: “My consultant didn’t recommend proton therapy to me, they advised me to sit and wait.“I didn’t want to wait around and see what happened, risking my quality of life in the future if I had radiotherapy here in the UK.

“I wasn’t worried about travelling abroad for treatment.
“I felt confident with what I heard from the consultants at the therapy centre. “They told me any side effects would be minimal, if any, and they were right – there haven’t been any.
“I didn’t want the years of my retirement blighted by side-effects from conventional radiotherapy, that’s what really made up my mind to seek treatment in Prague.”
He had to pay for the treatment himself and, as his cancer was not at an advanced stage, it cost him £16,000, which he had to take from his life savings.
The retired IBM engineer, who is married with two grown-up children, was treated over five sessions – one every other day for almost a two-week period. He then returned to the UK, with no pain, discomfort or side effects.
Joe added: “I feel well, I am happy, healthy and more than satisfied with my treatment. I would recommend anyone diagnosed with prostate cancer looks into proton therapy treatment, it could make a big difference to their quality of life.” More

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Patients Travelling Overseas for Proton Treatment

Curtis Poling,   a former Proton Therapy patient and survivor of prostate cancer, was instrumental in getting the first foreign patients treated in Korea at the National Cancer Center (NCC). Poling still travels there about every two months to help foreign patients get
The limited number of proton centers often necessitates travel for treatment. And when a patient does not have healthcare insurance, traveling overseas can be a more cost-effective solution, especially if that person would have to travel a long distance to a Proton Therapy center anyway.
Curtis Poling in Gantry One NCC Seoul
While cost and the scarcity of centers may be the ultimate reasons for the decision to be treated abroad, Poling says the level of comfort one has while in treatment is crucial. “After being diagnosed with cancer, you may feel isolated, depressed and confused,” said Poling.
“So it’s important that from the moment a center approves a patient, staff members guide them all the way from picking them up at the airport to taking them to their accommodations, providing a tour of local shopping and staying with them through the whole treatment process.” says Poling. NCC helps orient new patients to public transit, currency, and other logistics. Patients are driven from the airport, taken to hospital on their first day, and are provided with transportation if public transit is not feasible.
“What am I going to do with all my free time?” is a common question patients have when considering overseas treatment and travel.
“Not that it’s going to be a ‘radiation vacation,’ but patients have to take into account what their free time will look like,” says Poling. “In a foreign country, patients are able to take advantage of museums, shows, shopping and tourist attractions. Some of the patients at the NCC Korea have become so busy, they’ve extended their stay.”
As a cancer patient overseas, it is important to remember that your culture, cuisine and customs may be different from the country you’ll be treated in.
“Don’t expect it to be like your own country,” he said. “If you go with that approach, you can really enjoy yourself. But if you expect everything to be the same, you’ll be sorely disappointed.” more...

Proton radiotherapy delivers more accurate cancer treatment with less collateral damage

Researchers have succeeded in making a model of breathing movement that allows for the precise measurement of narrow beams to a dummy tumor by simulating the motion and physical properties of the chest anatomy in a model. This research was presented at the 3rd ESTRO (European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) Forum in Barcelona, Spain.
Radiotherapy using protons can deliver more accurate treatment to a tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding tissue. However, in mobile organs such as the lung, precise targeting of the dose is difficult.
Rosalind Perrin, PhD, from the Centre for Proton Therapy at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland, described the method she and colleagues have developed to test the application of proton therapy to lung cancer. The method uses a delivery technique called rescanning, which helps to mitigate the effect of motion. The researchers are also working to develop practical ways to implement it in the clinic for patient treatments. more

Pediatrics benefit from PBT

Children's program at PTC Czech continues to demonstrate its success

The children's program at PTC Czech continues to demonstrate its success

In April 2013, the Proton Therapy Center launched its children’s treatment program, and subsequently acceptsboth Czech and international children from Germany, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, UK or India with a wide spectrum of pediatric conditions.

The proton therapy facility in Prague is internationally recognized as the most advanced treatment center of its kind worldwide, combining ultra-modern technology with clinical competence and individualized care from leading specialists in their fields.

At the current time, at least 80% of pediatric cancers can be successfully treated. Emphasis is placed on improving the future quality of life of children treated. This effort is in an attempt to minimize the destructive long-term effects of cancer treatment, such as growth defects, neurocognitive deficits, and lower IQs, to name but a few.

"Experiences at the Prague Proton Therapy Center with pediatric malgnancies are very encouraging, particularly with regards to the smooth functioning of the entire process - from initial consultation to the completion of treatment. The treatment process is very well tolerated by children not only due to the safer method we have (protons), but also due to the excellent care provided by our experienced staff. Children undergoing treatment at our center experience virtually no side-effects and minimal toxicity."

- Dr. Branislav Sepši, clinical supervisor of the Children's Treatment Program at PTC.

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