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September 2016

Data backs up anecdotal evidence

By | Cancer, Clinical Care, Prostate Cancer, Proton Therapy, research, Scott Warwick, side effects, surgery, Survivors, Uncategorized | No Comments

A recently released national survey reported that men treated for prostate cancer who received proton therapy experienced significantly better quality of life during and after treatment than those treated with surgery or traditional x-ray therapy. The survey carried out via phone and online, by Bryant Research profiled 755 men, ages 50-75, who were surveyed at least 12 months after treatment.

Patients who received proton therapy were significantly more likely than those who received brachytherapy, surgery or traditional x-ray therapy to report treatment did not interfere with sexual function. They also described feeling better during treatment and better outcomes with respect to urinary function, bowel function, digestive function and the ability to stay active. Read More

Provision Healthcare Announces National Survey Results

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Provision Healthcare Announces National Survey Results
Men treated for prostate cancer using proton therapy reported significantly better quality of life than other therapy options

Knoxville, TN (September 27, 2016)— A national survey released today reported that men treated for prostate cancer who received proton therapy reported significantly better quality of life during and after treatment than those treated with brachytherapy, surgery or traditional x-ray therapy.  The survey carried out via phone and online, by Bryant Research profiled 755 men, ages 50-75, who were surveyed at least 12 months after treatment.

Patients who received proton therapy reported the best outcomes for overall quality of life, urinary function, digestive function, sexual function, ability to remain active during treatment, and living life the way they wanted to after treatment.  Notably, more than 70% of proton therapy patients reported that treatment did not interfere at all with their overall quality of life.

“These survey results confirm proton therapy’s ability to target radiation to the cancer site without damaging surrounding healthy tissue,” says Scott Warwick, Vice President of Provision Healthcare.  “With proton therapy, patients feel better during treatment and have a better quality of life afterward.”

Other notable results included:

  • The proportion of proton therapy patients reporting that their treatment had no impact on their sexual function was almost double that of the next best scoring treatment in this survey.
  • Ninety-seven (97%) percent of proton therapy patients said they would recommend their treatment to other men with prostate cancer, significantly higher than the other treatment options.
  • Ninety-seven (97%) percent of proton therapy patients said they would select this same treatment option should they have to make the decision today compared to brachytherapy (68%), conventional radiation therapy (66%), and surgery (58%) patients.

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses a beam of high-energy protons to treat various forms of cancer.  Unlike conventional radiation therapy, in which x-ray beams deposit most of their energy into the healthy tissue prior to entry and upon exit of the tumor site, the protons can be better controlled, allowing most of the energy to be deposited directly into the tumor and thus reducing damage to nearby healthy tissue.

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About Provision Healthcare, LLC

Provision Healthcare, LLC, (Provision) was formed in 2005 with the purpose of developing innovative healthcare solutions focused on improving patient care and clinical outcomes and developing support for research, educational, and charitable causes. Provision has developed a unique, comprehensive expertise in proton therapy that distinguishes it from other equipment suppliers and proton and cancer center developers and operators that have a much narrower focus. The combination of a unique expertise and innovative, entrepreneurial approach continues to propel Provision towards a position of industry leadership with respect to both cancer care and proton therapy.

Contact

Nancy Howard
nancy.howard@provisionproton.com
(865) 603-0865

Provision heads to ASTRO

By | Cancer, Culture of Care, Events, Innovation, Orlando, Patient Experience, ProNova, Prostate Cancer, Scott Hamilton, Tennessee, Terry Douglass, Uncategorized | No Comments

At the premiere conference for radiation oncology, Provision will unveil plans and a progress report for expansion and release results of a patient survey that confirms proton therapy’s benefit for cancer patients.

The annual meeting for the American Society for Radiation Oncology, or ASTRO, begins Sunday in Boston. The conference attracts more than 10,000 attendees from the radiation oncology community—from physicians to instrument makers. Provision Healthcare is an event sponsor and be at the trade show – Booth #12091. Read More

Eating clean 101

By | Cancer, Exercise & Nutrition, Patient Experience, Provision Health and Performance, Survivors, Uncategorized | No Comments

Are you eating clean? What does that mean? Does it mean you’ve washed your food or your hands? Bought organic or grass-fed? Why is it important?

Here’s the truth: Clean eating is the concept of eating whole unprocessed foods, the way nature delivers them. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It’s being mindful of food and how it’s prepared one meal at a time.  Read More

Eddie Check brings PSA tests to East Tennessee

By | Events, Prostate Cancer, Provision CARES, Uncategorized | No Comments

Erven Williams spent his career at TVA as a systems engineer in in dam safety and water management. If he hadn’t committed to early screening for prostate cancer, he might not be enjoying retirement now.

Williams, who is black, lost both his father and grandfather to prostate cancer. He says, “It is so important that males do get a PSA checkup because the earlier you catch it, the better your chances are of being cured. And for African-Americans it’s even more important. It affects us more; it’s more aggressive.”

For 12 years now, Eddie Check has been giving men in East Tennessee the opportunity to take control of their prostate health … for free.  Read More

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Tupelo patients “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with proton therapy

By | Clinical Care, Culture of Care, East Tennessee, Knoxville, Patient Experience, Patient Hospitality, Patient Stories, Prostate Cancer, Proton Ambassadors, Proton Therapy, Scott Hamilton, side effects, surgery, Survivors, Tennessee, Uncategorized | No Comments

Tupelo knows all about fans. There are 85,000 people who visit the small, Mississippi town each year to see where the “King of Rock ‘n Roll,” Elvis Presley, was born.

But Tupelo is home to another fan base too. A growing number of local residents are making the journey to Provision Center for Proton Therapy and spreading the word.

And it all started with Elvis. Read More