Big news for Provision—and cancer patients!

By | Cancer, Culture of Care, East Tennessee, Innovation, Joe Matteo, Knoxville, Market, ProNova, Proton Therapy, research, Technology, Terry Douglass, Uncategorized | No Comments

Just four years after launching its research and development process, Provision Healthcare’s ProNova Solutions division has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its SC360 proton therapy system. This is the first and only compact 360 degree pencil beam scanning proton therapy system capable of treating patients at all angles without moving the patient, enabling the most efficient clinical workflows, improved accuracy of treatment, and patient comfort.

The first ProNova system is expected to be used for patient treatment at the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Knoxville, Tennessee next year. Read More

Ben Wilkinson, M.D.

Provision welcomes new medical director

By | Ben Wilkinson, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Clinical Care, Culture of Care, Dowell Springs, Head and neck cancer, Innovation, Knoxville, Proton Therapy, Uncategorized | No Comments

Dr. Ben Wilkinson is a radiation oncologist with experience in the field of proton therapy, both in his practice as a radiation oncologist and as part of clinical research studies exploring the benefits of protons in a variety of cancers.

He came to Provision Center for Proton Therapy from the Willis-Knighton Cancer and Proton Therapy Center in Shreveport, La., where he served as a radiation oncologist and assistant professor of radiation oncology for the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Read More

A Thanksgiving message from our founder

By | Cancer, Clinical Care, Culture of Care, Terry Douglass, Uncategorized | One Comment

This is an edited letter Provision founder and Chairman Terry Douglass sent to all Provision employees.  

A friend recently gave me a book for my birthday titled The Book of Joy, written based on conversations between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.  The promotional description of the book states:

“Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question:”

“How do we find joy in the fact of life’s inevitable suffering?” Read More

Say ‘no thanks’ to artificial sweeteners

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Part 2 of a two-part series on sugar and sugar substitutes.

Diet. Sugar-free. Low-calorie. These are the buzzwords you’ll find on drinks, desserts, drink mixes, cereals, breath mints, chewable vitamins, toothpaste, cough syrup, and other processed foods crowding grocery store shelves. Many people turn to artificial sweeteners trying to avoid extra calories and excess sugar.

BUT, and it’s a big one, just because calories are reduced doesn’t make them safe for consumption, and you will still be left craving more sweets. These products may contain aspartame, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), Stevia or sugar alcohols to name a few. Read More

VA program promotes treatment choice

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When Ken Rainey decided he wanted to pursue proton therapy in lieu of conventional radiation for his throat cancer, he thought navigating his VA insurance would be tricky.

As it turned out, Rainey benefited from a program called Veterans Choice, which allows veterans who have significant wait times for treatment or live at some distance from appropriate treatment facilities to received care at a non-VA site of their choosing. Read More

Safe sugars: Is there such a thing?

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Part 1 of a 2-part series on sugar and sugar substitutes.

The holidays are quickly approaching! It starts with Halloween candy, then on to Thanksgiving and Christmas parties and beyond to New Year’s Day! My point is not how fast time is going, but what about our sugar intake? If we are trying to be healthy and EAT CLEAN, what does this mean about sugar in our food? Read More

Study proves proton therapy effective for breast cancer patients

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With breast cancer getting lots of attention this time of year, women should know that research has shown patients experience excellent survival rates and cosmetic results with proton therapy.

Loma Linda University’s Proton Treatment and Research Center conducted the clinical trial on patients with early stage invasive (non lobular) breast cancer. The 2014 study, “Partial Breast Radiation Therapy With Proton Beam: 5-Year Results With Cosmetic Outcomes,” represents the most solid data set to date on proton therapy and breast cancer outcomes. Read More

High-powered patient “in love” with proton therapy

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When 60-year-old Keith Eades was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he wasn’t satisfied with the option of surgery recommended by his physician. After much research, he chose proton therapy, a type of targeted radiation treatment that allowed him to continue his active lifestyle and experience limited side effects from treatment.

“There have been zero, I mean zero side effects from proton therapy,” said Eades. “I may be the person most in love with proton therapy in the world.” Read More