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Expanding Lung Cancer Treatment Options with Proton Therapy
Nov 15, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

proton therapy lung cancer awarenessThe National Cancer Institute predicts an estimated 228,150 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2019, accounting for 12.9% of all new cancer cases for the year. Lung cancer is identified as two main types: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common form of lung cancer and accounts for 85% of lung cancer cases. Small cell lung cancer accounts for 10% to 15% of cases and generally grows more quickly, and is likely to spread to other parts of the body.

Proton Therapy, Power and Precision

Proton therapy has ushered in a new form of treatment for specific patients with lung cancer. Many patients with lung cancer receive radiation treatment for early-stage disease. A highly focused type of radiation called stereotactic body radiation therapy can provide excellent outcomes. Proton therapy may be an [...]

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6+ Reasons to Quit Smoking on November 21st for the Great American Smokeout
Oct 31, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Great American Smokeout Nov. 21More than 40 million Americans smoke cigarettes, despite the fact that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death in the U.S. To help lower this number and the heightened risk for disease caused by cigarette smoking, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 21. The event is held each year to encourage smokers to set a quit date with a community of peers and support. Along with the Great American Smokeout event, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, meaning there are multiple opportunities to make a change and choose to quit smoking today. If the momentum and support created through these events and efforts aren’t enough, there is plenty of data to prove the benefits of quitting smoking today.

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • Within 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate are reduced to
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – How to Reduce Your Cancer Risks Today
Oct 31, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

breast cancer awarenessDefining Breast Cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2019, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer generally starts within the breast where cancer cells begin to grow and form a tumor. While most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women, men can also develop breast cancer.

How to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risks

  1. Maintain good nutrition and a healthy body weight.
  2. Become more physically active.
  3. Discuss your family history of cancers with your doctor to determine if genetic counseling or testing may be needed.
  4. Annual mammography starting at 40 or 45 years of age, depending on risks.

Treatment with Proton Therapy

Some patients diagnosed with breast cancer require radiation treatment. Proton therapy may be an option for appropriate patients, [...]

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month - Reduce Your Cancer Risks Today
Oct 31, 2019 By Manu S. Sancheti, M.D.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer accounts for about 13% of all new cancers. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. For smokers, the risk of lung cancer is higher than non-smokers' risk, so I encourage smokers to make a plan to quit smoking during this Lung Cancer Awareness Month. I would also recommend that you stay away from all tobacco products and byproducts, including secondhand smoke. It’s never too late to stop smoking. Contact Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777 to learn more from a registered nurse about finding a primary physician who can assist you in your health goals. In addition to not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests you get your home tested for radon. Radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks [...]

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How Can You Benefit From Clinical Trials?
Sep 5, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

petri dishAt Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, we’re dedicated to advancing cancer care through groundbreaking research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating different types of cancer. Winship offers clinical trials for virtually every type of cancer at multiple locations in the Atlanta area, including the Emory Proton Therapy Center.

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial gives researchers information about preventing, diagnosing and treating a condition with drugs, procedures, and other options. Patients who participate in clinical trials help create medical advances in:
  • Drug therapy
  • Proton therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical procedures
Participation in clinical trials is voluntary. Patients enrolled in clinical trials often receive extra care coordination and attention from the clinical trials staff. When patients take part in a clinical trial, they [...]

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Is Proton Therapy Right for Your Child?
Sep 3, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Proton therapy treats pediatric cancer with potential fewer side effectsProton therapy improves the care and outcomes for children with cancer by avoiding radiation exposure to healthy and normal tissues, reducing many short- and long-term side effects of cancer treatment. The advanced technology at the Emory Proton Therapy Center offers powerful and precise targeting to destroy cancer cells and reduce the likelihood of stunted growth, secondary tumors, and other potential side effects that can occur with standard radiation therapy. Learn how this exciting technology can benefit your child.

Seven Ways Proton Therapy Can Reduce Your Child’s Risks of Side-Effects

Proton beam therapy is especially effective for pediatric patients. With photon (X-Ray) radiation therapy, a child’s developing body is exposed to unnecessary radiation in areas that surround the tumor. Proton therapy can reduce the risk of:
  • Developmental delays
  • Hearing
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Three Benefits of Proton Therapy for Specific Tumors and Cancers
Aug 29, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

proton therapy patient and nurseThe Emory Proton Therapy Center is the only proton therapy center in Georgia and one of 30 in the nation, putting the most advanced radiation tools in the hands of our highly specialized and experienced Winship clinical teams. Proton therapy, a type of radiation treatment delivering radiation with proton particles rather than X-rays (photons), provides many benefits.

  • Proton therapy delivers radiation directly to the tumor, decreasing the amount of radiation to healthy and normal tissues. This reduces risks of short-term and long-term side effects with a goal of improved quality of life.
  • With potentially fewer side effects, proton therapy may be delivered at higher curative doses to particular cancers or tumors.
  • Pediatric patients receiving proton therapy may experience significantly reduced risks of secondary tumors developing, and lowered risks of heart or lung disease,
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What Is Proton Therapy?
Jun 27, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Proton therapy patient with nursesProton Therapy Arrives in Georgia

Winship Cancer Institute adds a powerful radiation therapy option to its broad array of cancer-fighting tools. Combining the latest advances in radiation technology, engineering, and medical physics, Winship physicians employ proton therapy to deliver a specialized treatment exactly where needed.

What Is Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy, also called proton beam therapy, is a type of radiation treatment that uses proton particles to destroy cancer cells. Unlike standard radiation therapy, which uses X-rays, a proton therapy beam can be calibrated to put the maximum radiation dose directly at the cancer with minimal radiation to healthy tissue. By reducing this radiation to normal tissues, proton therapy may also reduce side effects experienced during radiation treatment, and reduce risks of long-term side effects after treatment. Because proton [...]

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4 Ways Men Can Lower Their Risk of Cancer
Jun 14, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Man talking with doctor One out of every three men in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. This is a sobering statistic to consider. Beyond skin cancer, men are most frequently diagnosed with prostate, lung or colorectal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Those are also the three malignancies responsible for the highest number of deaths in men. For men, reducing the risk of cancer is more important than ever.

Here Are Four Ways to Make an Impact Today

  1. If you use any tobacco products, quit now. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than a dozen types of cancer including those involving our lungs, bladder, and mouth. Chewing tobacco and snuff can also cause head and neck, esophageal, stomach or pancreatic cancer. Talk with your doctor about the best ways to help you kick the habit for good. Finding a support group can also make a
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Coping with Survivor’s Guilt After Cancer
Jun 3, 2019 By Joy McCall, LCSW

woman cancer survivor serious Being diagnosed with cancer can bring on many different types of emotions, from fear to sadness to relief; however, many patients don’t think about how they might feel after they complete their treatment. Many are surprised when they begin to feel guilty. This is known as survivor’s guilt. It is a feeling that is often experienced by those who have survived a major or traumatic event, such as being diagnosed with cancer. The feelings may come from a sense of guilt that they survived the disease and another patient did not, or they did well with treatment while another had a very difficult time recovering. Here are some things to keep in mind if you think you might be suffering from survivor's guilt:

  • You are not alone. Survivor’s guilt is very common. It is a natural response for many cancer patients. It often feels like sadness, depression or even grief.
  • Tell
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