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National particle therapy conference boosts proton therapy’s profile

By | Breast Cancer, Cancer, Clinical Trials, Dr. Ben Wilkinson, Esophageal Cancer, Legislation, Niek Schreuder, Prostate Cancer, research, side effects, Uncategorized | No Comments

Proton therapy got positive billing at the recent Particle Therapy Cooperative Group, as researchers from across the country presented findings that showed proton therapy reduced potentially life-altering side effects and improved survival rates for cancer patients.

The National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) released a summary of the results, which included the findings of studies focused on esophageal, prostate and breast cancer. Read More

Breast cancer awareness—know your options

By | Breast Cancer, Cancer, Clinical Care, Dr. Allen Meek, East Tennessee, Knoxville, Patient Experience, Proton Ambassadors, side effects, Survivors | No Comments

Sometimes people just get the genetic short end of the stick, but you’d never know Tammy Coleman was one of those people.

Her upbeat personality and contagious enthusiasm belie two heart attacks, a stroke, congestive heart failure and complications related to high blood pressure. And that was all before she was diagnosed with breast cancer—something that ran in her family.

Genetic testing revealed her as the recipient of a genetic mutation that made it highly probable she would develop ovarian cancer too, so within one day Coleman received a double mastectomy and complete hysterectomy.

She had to do chemo, and doctors recommended radiation as well. Because of her existing health problems, particularly related to her heart condition, specialists recommended proton therapy. The targeted nature of protons allow for the benefit of radiation therapy without the collateral damage to surrounding healthy tissue in heart and lungs. Read More

Breast cancer survivor pledges fight for fairer insurance coverage

By | Breast Cancer, Cancer, East Tennessee, Insurance Coverage, Kentucky, Knoxville, Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, Legislation, Patient Experience, Patient Rights, Proton Therapy, surgery, Survivors | No Comments

When Kim Fuller found love and a new home in rural East Tennessee, she was harboring a frightening secret.

She had discovered a lump in her right breast. She told no one—not even her daughters. 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

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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

Provision patients report on life after treatment

By | East Tennessee, Events, Head and neck cancer, Prostate Cancer, Proton Ambassadors, Proton Therapy, side effects, Survivors, Throat cancer, Uncategorized | No Comments

For the past three and a half years, patients have been coming to Provision Cares Proton Therapy Center seeking the best treatment and care for the cancer diagnosis. Many of them have shared their stories with us. Today, we celebrate these survivors by checking in with some of the Provision alumni whose stories we have featured in the past. Click the links to find out more about them on our website, protonstories.com Read More