Patient Story: Ependymoma Pediatric Survivor, Eden Bragg

In May 2015, two-year-old Eden Bragg suddenly became ill with vomiting that lasted up to nine days. After visiting a couple of emergency rooms, doctors informed Eden’s parents a virus was causing his sickness. It was until they visited their local children’s hospital in their hometown of Midland, Texas that doctors decided to go a step…

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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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Patient Story: Rhabdomyosarcoma Pediatric Survivor, Alessandra Alvarado

In continuation of Childhood Awareness Month in September, we honor a very special pediatric cancer survivor — Alessandra Alvarado. Like other children, Alessandra has been able to overcome her condition with proton therapy treatment. In June 2012, five-year-old Alessandra Alvarado showed symptoms similar to facial palsy. Concerned and not knowing exactly her condition, her parents visited…

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Patient Story: 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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Patient Story: Medulloblastoma Pediatric Survivor Ava Jacobs

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we want to highlight one of our many pediatric cancer survivors, Ava Jacobs.  According to the American Cancer Society, the estimated number of new cases of childhood and adolescent cancer in 2017 was 10,270.  There are different cancer treatment options such as proton therapy. Proton therapy has helped many…

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MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center’s 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. At the MD Anderson Proton…

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