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December 2013

Top Resources for Learning About Proton Therapy

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How do I Learn More about Proton Therapy?

Although proton therapy has been around since 1954 and more than 70,000 patients have been treated, this unique therapy for treating cancerous tumors is still one of the best-kept secrets.  Today, nine out of the top ten cancer hospitals in the U.S. either have proton therapy or are in the planning stages of building a proton center, yet broad awareness of proton therapy has only recently developed with the wide spread use of social media.  The best place to learn more about proton therapy is online.  In addition to the information on the Provision Center for Proton Therapy web site, below you will find my Top 10 List of some of the best places to start learning more about proton therapy.

Loma Linda University Medical Center

As the nation’s first hospital-based proton treatment center, Loma Linda University Medical Center has led the way in the treatment, research and delivery of proton therapy.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center is an international center of excellence for proton therapy, research and education. It is the world’s first proton therapy facility located within a comprehensive cancer center

University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute

Since opening in August 2006, more than 150,914 proton cancer treatments have been delivered to more than 4,377 patients at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute

Mayo Clinic

Proton therapy — Comprehensive overview covers definition, risks, and results of proton therapy.

Mass General

Treatment at the MGH Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center uses energy from the protons of atoms to destroy cancer cells.

Penn Medicine Roberts Proton Therapy Center

The largest facility in the world for this precise form of cancer radiation.


Cancer resources for patients and healthcare professionals.

ProCure Proton Therapy Centers

ProCure is here to answer your questions about proton therapy.


The National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) was founded in 1990 to promote the therapeutic benefits of proton therapy for cancer.

Proton Bob

Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer 
Non-invasive, Minimal Side Effects, Excellent Cure Rates

Provision Hospitality Team Becomes Ceritified Tourism Ambassadors

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(Left to Right): Kristin Coffield, Provision Center for Proton Therapy Hospitality Coordinator; Nancy Howard, Provision Center for Proton Therapy Hospitality Manager; and, Tami Vater, Blount Partnership Director of Tourism.

The Hospitality Team at Provision Center for Proton Therapy is ramping up for the official opening of the Center next month.  An integral part of Provision’s “Culture of Care” is recognizing the proton therapy patient experience, as patients will become visitors and members of the local East Tennessee community for the duration of their treatment stay. The Provision Hospitality Team has developed a robust patient experience program that will ensure our patients have the resources and concierge services to immerse themselves into our community through arts & cultural activities, parks and recreational areas, shopping, restaurants and special events.

As part of the hospitality team’s continuing education, Nancy Howard and Kristin Coffield recently became Blount County Certified Tourism Ambassadors, after successfully completing training to become a nationally recognized Certified Tourism Ambassador. Blount County is the only CTA participant in the State of Tennessee. The training focuses on knowing your resources and serving visitors with all the right steps to create a positive visitor experience, which will fully support the Culture of Care mission of Provision.  This training will also positively impact visitors and customers of ProNova Solutions, which will be relocating to Blount County in 2014.


RadCare Website Launches

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Not unlike its companion website,, was created to help cancer patients and their families better understand their care by explaining highly technical medical information in simple terms.

When Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton was traversing his cancer journey it was difficult for him to understand all of the highly technical medical information about his care and there was no one source to help him understand his diagnosis and treatment. Once his treatment was complete he had a vision of creating a single online resource for cancer patients and their families to better understand their disease and care. This resulted in the creation of, as part of the Scott CARES program to help patients better understand chemotherapy. And now, is a companion website to help patients better understand the many different aspects of radiation therapy and proton therapy.

The new website was designed as an in-depth resource for information on the many different types of radiation therapy, what to expect during treatment, and details on the latest technologies, such as proton therapy.