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.
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
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
Becca Kelly was diagnosed with cancer at a time in life when it was the farthest thing from her mind.
Age: 27. Cancer: Hodgkin lymphoma. Read More
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
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
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