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Larisa Brass

Protons perfect treatment choice for pediatric cancer

By | Brain cancer, Cancer, China, Clinical Care, Knoxville, Patient Stories, Pediatric Cancer, Proton Therapy, Provision CARES, side effects, Survivors, Uncategorized | No Comments

They have come from as close as down the road and as far away as China. Their cases have ranged from highly curable to palliative care. They light up lobby with laugher and courage. And they most clearly show cancer for the monstrosity it is.

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Read More

Local program combines PSA testing with blood donation

By | Breast Cancer, Cancer, Culture of Care, East Tennessee, Prostate Cancer, Proton Therapy, Provision CARES, Screening, Uncategorized | No Comments

This year Eddie Check is doing the same thing it’s been doing for the past 14 years: providing prostate cancer screenings and blood donations to the people of East Tennessee.

This year’s event kicks off Thursday, Sept. 14, and will be hosted at 12 sites throughout the Knoxville region on Thursday and Friday. The event offers free PSA screenings to men over 40 years old—blood donations encouraged but not required. Read More

Whether a career change or cancer treatment, Bill Raffield is the kind of man who goes for what he wants.

By | Cancer, Clinical Care, Culture of Care, Knoxville, Patient Stories, Prostate Cancer, Proton Ambassadors, Uncategorized | No Comments

That included treatment for prostate cancer.

Raffleld started out with a B.S. in physics and a career in the Air Force where he planned and evaluated instructional systems for the military’s intercontinental ballistic missiles program during the Vietnam War. He became a captain, serving as combat crew commander and wing instructor and discovered he enjoyed “arranging resources to accomplish the mission,” he said. “At the time, I didn’t know what that was called, but in business, that’s operations.”

After his military career ended, Raffield didn’t settle into the field he had chosen but embarked in a new direction, starting out as a territory sales manager for Michelin Tire and ending up management and operations for Truckstops of America and Universal Tire.

“I tended to say, ‘I’m going to do what fits me,” he said. Read More

Prostate cancer treatment: what you need to know

By | Cancer, Clinical Care, Culture of Care, Dr. Ben Wilkinson, Innovation, Patient Experience, Prostate Cancer, Proton Therapy, side effects, surgery, Uncategorized | No Comments

When it comes to prostate cancer treatment, there’s bad news and there’s good news.

The bad news: Prostate cancer ranks the third most common cancer in the U.S. Healthcare providers diagnose more than 200,000 new cases each year. Approximately 14 percent of men will succumb to prostate cancer in their lifetimes. The good news: Most diagnosed with prostate cancer survive. The disease represents 13.3 percent of all new cancer cases. But only 4.7 percent of those diagnosed will die of the disease. Research shows five-year relative survival rates for prostate cancer at 99.7 percent. (National Cancer Institute)

And, proton therapy offers a treatment option for prostate cancer with many fewer short-term and long-term side effects. Read More

cyclotron, Provision Healthcare, Franklin

Provision installs cyclotron at Nashville site

By | Cancer, Clinical Care, Culture of Care, Events, Innovation, ProNova, Proton Therapy, Provision CARES, Tennessee, Terry Douglass, Uncategorized | No Comments

Provision Healthcare in expanding cancer centers and advancing proton therapy to Nashville, TN, with the development of the Provision CARES Cancer Center.

After months of excavating and building construction, The Provision CARES Cancer Center in Franklin, Tenn., welcomed the cyclotron, a key component—and the largest—to the new facility. This brings the center one step closer to treating cancer patients in May 2018. Read More

Patient finds unlikely referral shopping for RVs

By | Breast Cancer, Cancer, Dr. Allen Meek, Dr. George Webber, East Tennessee, Health and healing, Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, Patient Stories, Proton Ambassadors, Proton Therapy, Screening, side effects, Survivors, Tennessee | No Comments

As is often the case, the momentous often happen as a result of the seemingly insignificant.

Such as Patricia Borchardt’s visit to Buddy Gregg RVs and Motor Homes shortly after a routine screening indicated she might have breast cancer. Read More