Proton Therapy is Now a Standard of Care Under Newest NCCN Guidelines

The newest edition of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines now recognizes proton therapy as a radiation therapy option for head and neck cancer, as well as esophageal cancer treatment. The importance of these guidelines is crucial, as physicians, nurses, insurance payers, patients and their families use these guidelines in the decision-making process during…

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June is National Men’s Health Month

During the week of June 12 through June 18, many celebrations and events will take place around the country to bring awareness to the preventable health problems among men and boys. One way to help is with regular visits to your doctor. Many times, men are reluctant to visit their doctor due to fear, lack…

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30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day

Whether it’s a family member, neighbor, co-worker or yourself, many of us have been touched by cancer. On Sunday, June 4, 2017, cancer survivors celebrated the 30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day. These celebrations around the country included fundraisers, fun runs, costume-theme parties, parades and more. Life after cancer Cancer survivors need continuous support once…

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Patient Story: Saluting Former Military Member Randy Smith

In honor of Memorial Day, we want to salute one of our former proton therapy patients and military member, Randy Smith. He served in the military for 21 years and retired in 2011 from the U.S. Air Force as a Special Operations Instructor Pilot. Although Randy had heard about others getting cancer, it was not…

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Patient Story: Carson Hill, Pediatric Brain Cancer Survivor

It was concerning for Carson Hill’s parents to see him vomiting after each meal. He began to lose weight and became more ill over a months’ time. After numerous tests and visits to the pediatrician and emergency room, 11-year-old Carson was diagnosed with brain cancer. Shortly after, Carson had to undergo two surgeries to help with…

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Patient Story: Clare Parker, Breast Cancer Survivor

In July 2016, 66-year-old Clare visited her doctor to complete her annual mammogram. This time the visit wasn’t so typical: doctors informed her she had stage 1 ductile carcinoma. With no family history of breast cancer, Clare was startled and scared to hear the diagnosis.   After performing a lumpectomy, her oncologist recommended proton therapy…

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MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center Clinically Implements MR Simulation

The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center announces a milestone for radiation oncology The Proton Therapy Center has clinically implemented its first 1.5T MR for magnetic resonance simulations. On April 12 after 9 months of preparation and planning, we were able to conduct the first MR simulation on one of Dr. Caroline Chung’s patient who is…

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Meet our Caring Child Life Specialist, Laura C. Wiedemann

After learning from her aunt and a close family friend about what a child life specialist does at age 14, Laura Wiedeman was immediately drawn to helping hospitalized patients. Laura grew up in Northeast Texas, attended the University of Arkansas and obtained her master’s degree in Child Life from Texas State University. At the Proton…

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Meet our Dedicated Radiation Therapist, Danna Fullen

  Danna Fullen, a native Texan, has been part of the MD Anderson family since 1994. At our Proton Therapy Center, she is responsible for administering a therapeutic dose of radiation to our patients or like she calls it “kick cancer’s butt.” She has become one of the most beloved radiation therapists bringing comfort and…

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Dr. James Cox Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

This year at the National Proton Conference 2017 held in March, Dr. James Cox M.D., who opened the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in 2006, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award for contributions to the advancements in the field of proton therapy. About Dr. Cox Dr. Cox received his medical degree from the University…

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