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Dr. Ben Wilkinson

Radiation (esp. proton therapy) can be a treatment option for liver cancer

By | Dr. Ben Wilkinson, Liver cancer, Proton Therapy, side effects, surgery, Survivors | No Comments

Liver cancer is not among the most common cancers in the U.S. It is, however, among the deadliest.

This year, nearly 41,000 new cases of liver cancer will be diagnosed, breaking down to roughly 70 percent men and 30 percent women. Nearly 29,000 people will die.

What many people may not realize is that liver cancer can be a good candidate for proton therapy. Read More

Conventional radiation for lung cancer damages heart

By | Cancer, lung cancer, Proton Therapy, side effects, Survivors | No Comments

Note: This is the first in a monthly series of blogs that will be authored by Dr. Ben Wilkinson, radiation oncologist and medical director for Provision Center for Proton Therapy. Dr. Wilkinson will cover a variety of topics related to proton therapy treatment and cancer care.

For some years now, the damage conventional radiation can do to the hearts of breast cancer patients has been documented in the medical literature.

Now, we’re seeing the same effects in lung cancer patients. Read More