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March 2014

Tennessee Man Fights for Proton Therapy

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Bryan Massengale, of Dayton, Tennessee, stands on his family’s 100-year-old farm that he borrowed money against in order to get proton therapy treatments for prostate cancer.

 

The Shopper News published an article this week about a Dayton, Tennessee man who went to great lengths to take his health into his own and fight for the cancer treatment he felt was best for him – proton therapy.  Bryan Massengale has been a public school teacher for 30 years in Rhea County and is a bassonist with the Tennessee Wind Symphony.  At his young age, he wanted the most effective and least damaging treatment possible for his prostate cancer.  When faced with the options given to him by doctors, he instead chose proton therapy, but had to borrow  money against his family’s 100-year-old farm to afford treatments.  The insurance he’d been paying into for 30 years of his career refused to pay for proton therapy treatments at the nearest treatment center at the time in Jacksonville, Florida.  Click here to read his compelling story.

Dayton Man Fights For Proton Therapy Treatment

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Dayton Man Fights For Proton Therapy Treatment

Bryan Massengale lives in the home where he grew up, nestled on the family farm in Daytona, Tenn. Known as Massengale Dairy Farms before Massengale’s father passed away, it is listed as Tennessee Century Farm, meaning that it has been owned by the same family for more than 100 Years. And two years ago, that farm saved Massengale’s life.

Massengale has been the band director at Rhea Middle School for 30 years. Now 55, three years ago Massengale visited his doctor for a routine check-up and received some troubling news.

His prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test came back high for his age, a red flag that he could have prostate cancer. After more tests and a biopsy, it was confirmed that he had prostate cancer.

Immediately, Massengale started investigating treatments. He discovered proton therapy and met with a doctor in Jacksonville, Fla. at that time the closest proton therapy center. He liked the reported cure rate of proton therapy, and the lack of side effects.

To read the entire article published by the Bearden Shopper News please Click here.

Provision Sets The Record Straight About Proton Therapy

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Provision visited WATE Channel 6 for a one-on-one interview with anchor Lori Tucker.  We discussed proton therapy, what it means for East Tennessee and cleared up some misconceptions about cost and the efficacy of treatments.  The pending legislation that is currently before Tennessee lawmakers was also discussed.  Passage of this legislation would require Tennessee insurers to cover Tennesseans for proton therapy treatments.  As it now stands, if you live in Tennessee and are between the ages of 19 and 64, you are not covered for this unique treatment option.  However, citizens of neighboring states like Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia or Florida, are covered and are traveling to East Tennessee to receive treatments.  Please help us make sure this treatment option is available to all Tennesseans who desperately need it.  Urge Tennessee lawmakers to vote YES on House Bill 264 and Senate Bill 435.  Go to www.capitol.tn.gov to locate your Representative.

 

Tennessee Has State’s Only Proton Therapy Center . . . But Not For Tennesseans

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News clip from WKRN:   Olympic Gold medalist and Provision Center for Proton Therapy board member Scott Hamilton visited Capitol Hill in Nashville to encourage lawmakers to support insurance coverage of proton therapy.

Did You Know . . .

Proton Therapy is the most advanced form of cancer treatment in the world, and now Tennessee has the Provision Center for Proton Therapy located in Knoxville. Our Tennessee proton center is one of only 14 operational centers in the nation. However, due to decisions by insurance carriers in Tennessee, if you are between the ages of 19 to 64, you are not covered for this unique treatment option. If you live in a neighboring state like Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia or Florida, you are covered and you can come to our center in Tennessee to receive treatment.

Help us make sure that this treatment option is available to ALL Tennesseans that need it.  Call or email your representative today and encourage them to VOTE YES on Senate Bill 435 and House Bill 264.

www.capitol.tn.gov

Common Questions about Prostate Cancer Screening – Answered Here!

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Marcio Fagundes, M.D., board certified radiation oncologist and medical director of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy, knows a thing or two about prostate cancer.  In this video blog, he answers the most common questions asked about the screening tests used to detect prostate cancer:

What is a PSA screening?  (Hint:  It does not take place at an airport.)

What is a normal PSA range?  (Hint: Higher is NOT better!)

What is a Gleason Score?  (Hint:  It has nothing to do with Jackie Gleason.)

For more information on PSA testing or to learn more about proton therapy, call 855-566-1600 or visit ProvisionProton.com

As Good As He Ever Was – Proton Therapy Patient Helps Others By Sharing His Experience

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Prostate cancer survivor Gordon Webster of Kingston, Tenn., knows about proton therapy firsthand and he is more than willing to tell anyone about it who will listen!  Nothing is more beneficial than talking to others who have gone through the experience and Provision Center for Proton Therapy has an army of Ambassadors who volunteer their time to support and educate others on what to expect.  Webster enthusiastically shares his experience in the above video.

When considering cancer treatment, side effects and outcomes are of major concern. A non-invasive treatment, proton therapy has become a trusted method for accurately targeting tumors and minimizing damage to healthy tissues, thus having a positive impact on reduced side effects and improved quality of life.

As a non-invasive treatment, patients are able to remain relatively active during and after their treatment, which allows patients at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy to use the wellness facility on our campus, take advantage of Knoxville’s recreational opportunities and explore beautiful East Tennessee.

“Like many of us, you have to take charge of your own healthcare and learn that proton therapy is the better treatment for the vast majority of prostate cancer patients,” said Webster.

To request more information about proton therapy treatments visit provisionproton.com by clicking here.

Dr. Allen G. Meek Named to Prestigious 2014 Best Doctors in America List

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Dr. Allen G. Meek Named to Prestigious 2014 Best Doctors in America List

Allen G. Meek, M.D. has been named one of the Best Doctors in America® for 2014. The prestigious recognition marks the 10th time that he has earned this honor (from 2005-2014).  Dr. Meek is a board certified radiation oncologist with Provision Radiation Therapy and medical director of Provision Medical Group.

The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup® results from exhaustive polling of more than 45,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”  Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.

Best Doctors has earned a sterling reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input. The List is a product of validated peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession.

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Primed For Growth: ET seen as fertile ground for medical device innovation

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Primed For Growth: ET seen as fertile ground for medical device innovation

By: Carly Harrington

A valve system that helps regulate fluid in the brain. A probe developed to assist in removal of scar tissue in the eye. A nuclear imaging test that corrects for motion in humans and small animals.

These are among an increasing number of medical device innovations being developed in East Tennessee, an area some say is well-positioned for growth in the development and commercialization of such technologies.

The topic was the first in a three-part series for launch Tennessee’s Venture Match Program held last week at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in West Knoxville’s Dowell  Springs Business Park…

 

To read the entire article published by the News Sentinel please Click here.