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May 2022: Brain Patient Story - Staff Story - Why reduced radiation to the brain is important - NAPT update Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

Why is reduced radiation to the brain important?

Why is reduced radiation to the brain important?

Proton therapy is a very important option for patients with brain tumors because the brain is such an important organ, and treatment to it must be designed to result in as few side effects as possible. “We prefer to use proton therapy for brain tumors because proton beams stop after they reach the target,” says Dr. Ralph Ermoian. “Therefore, the healthy part of the brain beyond the tumor gets less radiation and less chance of side effects in the future.”  

Dr. L. Christine Fang presents challenging cases at the NAPT conference

Dr. L. Christine Fang presents challenging cases at the NAPT conference

Dr. L. Christine Fang is a breast cancer specialist who has been treating patients at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center since it opened in 2013. Dr. Fang presented at the National Association of Proton Therapy (NAPT) Annual Conference in April. She spoke about challenging problems and was asked to present two very specific cases: one that involved a patient with limited arm mobility, and one that involved treating both breasts, called bilateral treatment.

Maddy - Brain Cancer

Maddy - Brain Cancer

Two years ago, as she was walking into yoga class, Maddy momentarily found herself unable to speak. At first, she thought it was due to anxiety about school, but when it kept happening, and the right side of her body periodically started going numb, she sought out a doctor. She was eventually diagnosed with astrocytoma.

Meet Jessica Gould-Hilburn – Patient Navigator

Meet Jessica Gould-Hilburn – Patient Navigator

Jessica Gould-Hilburn is a patient navigator at the Proton Center. She helps patients with the wide range of needs they have when they come to the center for treatment, such as explaining the process, recommending housing options and answering questions. She consistently hears from patients how kind and compassionate the staff at the Proton Center are, and she is proud to work with a team that has such high standards for patient care.