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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

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

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

Minorities suffer disproportionately from cancer

By | Breast Cancer, Cancer, Patient Stories, Prevention, Screening, Survivors | No Comments

It wasn’t until after Tammy Coleman’s grandfather died that she knew he had prostate cancer. And then a beloved cousin died before Tammy learned of her breast cancer diagnosis. And so it went.

“It’s like a hush-hush thing,” said Coleman, who as a breast cancer survivor—and Provision patient— has become heavily involved in local cancer awareness and fundraising efforts. “You don’t even know they have cancer. They just die one day.”

It is a lethal silence. Read More

Patient with oral cancer finds hope in proton therapy

By | Head and neck cancer, Patient Experience, Patient Stories, Proton Therapy, side effects, Uncategorized | No Comments

This is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Click here to learn more about these types of cancer.

Before her cancer diagnosis, Holly Caster worked in hospitality at Beaumont Hospital in her Michigan hometown, coming up with creative ways to make patients’ stays more comfortable.

There was the flash mob she planned for a high school senior who’d been hospitalized and couldn’t go to prom. The laptop, CDs and company-keeping for a young pregnant woman confined to bed rest whose family lived 50 miles away. She gave cancer patients afghans in their favorite color. She planned in-hospital celebrations for weddings and anniversaries and new babies, all to help people cope as best they could when life dished up the unexpected.

Then the unexpected happened to her. Read More

Pastor, movie producer meets cancer challenge

By | Cancer, East Tennessee, Insurance Coverage, Patient Experience, Patient Hospitality, Patient Stories, Prostate Cancer, Proton Ambassadors, Proton Therapy, side effects, surgery, Survivors, Tennessee, Uncategorized | No Comments

From carney kid to cancer survivor, life hasn’t followed a predictable trajectory for Jim McBride. Nonetheless, this businessman turned pastor and movie producer sees divine purpose in every step.

McBride, a pastor and producer of several popular Christian movies including Fireproof and Facing the Giants, recently completed treatment for prostate cancer at Provision Center for Proton Therapy.

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