Archive for September 2017

Chatting with Nurse Navigator Kimberly Bennett

At the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, a Nurse Navigator facilitates the entry of patients into our system. They coordinate, support and serve as liaisons between physicians and clinical personnel. They also offer psychosocial support for patients such as education on proton therapy, resources, group support and more. One of our newest Nurse Navigators is…

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Rhabdomyosarcoma Pediatric Survivor, Alessandra Alvarado

In June 2012, five-year-old Alessandra Alvarado showed symptoms similar to facial palsy. Concerned and not knowing exactly her condition, her parents visited a doctor in their hometown of Austin, Texas. After an examination, doctors diagnosed Alessandra with Bell’s palsy, but after several weeks of no improvement, her parents sought second opinions. After undergoing a biopsy,…

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Prostate Cancer Survivor, Rick Giardino

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. For men, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about one out of seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Proton therapy has been able to successfully treat many men with prostate cancer. At the MD…

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Working During Cancer Treatment

Being diagnosed with cancer can feel like a whirlwind of emotions. It is important to make the necessary changes in your life as you’re being treated. Many patients will experience different symptoms and side effects that can affect both their body and emotions. Some patients are able to continue working or maintain their daily routine, and others…

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Medulloblastoma Pediatric Survivor, Ava Jacobs

While completing a routine checkup, Ava’s pediatrician noticed something out of the ordinary for a one-year-old – her head was two centimeters larger than the norm. Although two centimeters might not seem significant, her pediatrician became concerned and ordered a CT scan, which revealed a medulloblastoma tumor that consumed 75 percent of Ava’s cerebellum. Choosing…

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MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center’s Hurricane Warriors

Radiation therapists among hurricane warriors The city of Houston endured one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in its history – Hurricane Harvey. Despite the flooded streets, stranded people on rooftops, cars underwater, there were many who remained heroes through it all. Among those heroes were the radiation therapists at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.…

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