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June 2016

Provision patient remembered for spirit of generosity, hope

By | Brain cancer, Immunotherapy, Patient Experience, Stories, surgery, Uncategorized | No Comments

Philip and Lydia Parks traveled the world in search of a cure for 15-year-old Philip’s aggressive brain cancer that took them to Germany, Israel and Provision.

After multiple surgeries, proton therapy and up-and-coming immunotherapy treatments, his body gave up the fight. Philip died on April 13, 2016. But his mother is dedicated to remembering Philip’s story not as one of sadness but of hope. Read More

Provision patients enjoy a little vacation too

By | Cancer, East Tennessee, Knoxville, Patient Experience, Patient Hospitality, Proton Ambassadors, Tennessee, Uncategorized | No Comments

Provision Center for Proton Therapy patient Wayne Mason may have come for cancer treatment, but weeks spent in Knoxville also gave him an opportunity to see the local sights! And he was impressed. Here’s his must-do list of local activities in and around Knoxville and beyond!

In Knoxville

  • Neyland Stadium tour—Great for college football fans! $8. Phillip Fulmer Way. (865)974-1205. Reservation required
  • James White Fort—Awesome historical tour of the homestead of Knoxville’s founder.  The frontier sitting in the middle of downtown (beside the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame). 205 Hill Avenue Southeast. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (865) 525-6514.

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Exercise, diet boost cancer survival rate

By | Breast Cancer, Cancer, Exercise & Nutrition, research, Survivors, Uncategorized | No Comments

Good lifestyle choices are always important. For those with a cancer diagnosis, they can be even more so.

It is critical to maintain the key activities that encourage good health throughout cancer treatment and after. Good habits such as physical activity and a healthy diet affect not only the outcome of treatment but the quality of life during and after treatment. Read More

Sneak peek: Provision’s proton therapy future

By | China, Culture of Care, Events, Patient Experience, Proton Therapy, Terry Douglass, Uncategorized | No Comments

This past week’s 1,000th patient celebration culminated a whirlwind week of progress for Provision and its quest to make proton therapy as available and accessible as any other cancer treatment.


In short: More patients than ever are coming to Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville. And Provision will soon be delivering protons to patients around the world. Read More

Provision reaches 1000-patient milestone!

By | Breast Cancer, Cancer, carcinoma, China, Clinical Care, colon cancer, Culture of Care, Dowell Springs, East Tennessee, Esophageal Cancer, Head and neck cancer, Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, Liver cancer, lung cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Patient Experience, Patient Hospitality, Pediatric Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Proton Ambassadors, Proton Therapy, Sarcoma, Stories, Survivors, Tennessee, Terry Douglass, Uncategorized | No Comments

The gong—three clangs that echo through the lobby, treatment rooms, work station cubicles. It’s startling for first-time visitors and new employees.

It quickly becomes the joyous reminder of why we’re here.

Today, the 1000th patient rang the graduation bell to applause of patients, former graduates, employees and supporters of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy. Read More

Provision Center for Proton Therapy Treats 1,000th Patient

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Provision Center for Proton Therapy Treats 1,000th Patient

Knoxville, TN (June 7, 2016)—

Today, 1,000 patients have graduated from the Provision Center for Proton Therapy, completing their course of proton therapy as part of their journey to defeating cancer. The 1000th patient marks an important milestone in the proton center’s development into a critical component of the comprehensive cancer campus at Dowell Springs and as a community resource in East Tennessee.

The center launched operations on January 20, 2014, with one treatment room. Three patients underwent therapy the center’s first day of business. Today the center is treating more than 90 patients per day in three treatment rooms. Each patient closes out his or her round of treatment by ringing the “victory bell” in the proton therapy center lobby, part of Provision’s unique “Culture of Care” experience.

The center has treated cancer affecting 53 sites in the body including head and neck, lung, esophageal, endocrine, prostate, breast, brain, bladder, sarcoma, tongue, lymph nodes, sinuses, bladder, eye and colon cancers as well as pediatric cancers.

Patients have come to Knoxville from 29 states and eight countries including the Netherlands, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil and China. Thirty-four percent of patients travel to Provision Center for Proton Therapy from out of town, making East Tennessee home during their four-to-eight-week treatment while they experience our local and regional hospitality. More than 10,000 hotel room nights have been contributed to the Knoxville area since the center opened, greatly impacting the local and state economy.

Nearly 600 patients who graduated from treatment have now become Ambassadors—champions for Provision and proton therapy.

“With 1,000 patients successfully treated, we have established our reputation for excellence in medical treatment and customer care,” says Tom Welch, president of Provision Center for Proton Therapy. “Since we’ve opened our doors, many of the area physicians have seen the benefits of proton therapy for their patients and have continued to grow their support and involvement in our center. We are proud to have been the 13th proton center operating in the United States and excited to see that number grow to 22 in less than three years. Knoxville is very fortunate to be able to access this wonderful, proven treatment for cancer patients.”

Unlike conventional radiation therapy, which uses x-rays, protons deposit their energy in a specified location, treating the cancer and sparing the patient.  Provision features state-of-the-art technology including pencil beam scanning, which allows more precise targeting of the cancer, sophisticated treatment planning and management software and innovations such as SpaceOAR gel, which further protects vulnerable organs from radiation in prostate cancer patients.


About Provision Center for Proton Therapy

Provision Center for Proton Therapy is the first cancer treatment center of its kind in Tennessee and only the third in the Southeastern United States.  Open to all credentialed physicians and health systems in the region, the Provision Center for Proton Therapy has three treatment rooms and is able to treat up to 900 cancer patients annually. The center utilizes intensity modulated pencil beam scanning, the most accurate proton beam therapy in the world. This advanced cancer treatment capability is available in only a handful of cities. Provision Center for Proton Therapy is one of only 17 proton therapy centers in the nation and 50 in the world.

Provision celebrates cancer survivors

By | Cancer, Patient Experience, Proton Therapy, Stories, Survivors, Uncategorized | No Comments

On this, National Cancer Survivors Day, we take a moment just to appreciate. Life. Health. Survival.

Those who receive a cancer diagnosis no longer take those things for granted. They have become a precious gift. Something to be celebrated. But, better to hear the words of those who’ve been there. Below are thoughts from two young cancer survivors and Provision alumni. You can read the stories of their cancer journeys, and many others, at Read More

Provision grows proton therapy in China

By | Cancer, China, Clinical Care, Culture of Care, Proton Therapy, Terry Douglass, Uncategorized | No Comments

China is excited about proton therapy and for good reason.

Officially, 3.5 million Chinese per year are diagnosed with cancer. And 2.2 million people die of cancer, according to the World Health Organization. In the U.S., 70 percent of those with cancer survive five years after treatment. In China, just 30 percent survive to their five-year anniversary. Treatment is hard to come by—there is less than one conventional radiation therapy machine per million people in China compared to more than 12 machines per million in the U.S., for example. And in China diagnosis often happens too late. Read More