Executive Director Message

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Our goal is to make proton cancer treatment at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute a confident choice for those who need it most.

Thank You to Our Expert Nursing Staff

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In recognition of National Nurses Week, held annually in May, we highlight the expertise of our adult and pediatric nursing teams.

UF Health Recognized for Comprehensive, Compassionate Care

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The UF Health Cancer Center on the Jacksonville campus recently received a prestigious three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Live Like Bella® Grant Funds Research on Brain Tumor Treatment and Scholastic Success

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Raymond Mailhot was awarded the Live Like Bella® grant to study the relationship between brain tumors, proton therapy and scholastic success.

Dr. Rutenberg Leads CME Course in May

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On May 12, Dr. Michael Rutenberg delivered a free continuing education session titled, Proton Radiotherapy for Central Nervous System Tumors.

Physicians Receive Well-Earned Praise During Doctors’ Day 2021

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We are proud to share that every UF Health Proton Therapy physician was honored with kind words and other displays of generosity for Doctors’ Day.

Website Redesign Launching Soon

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We are excited to announce that UF Health Proton Therapy Institute will be unveiling a redesigned website.

A Letter from our Executive Director Message

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Whether patients are from the local Jacksonville community or beyond, they have the peace of mind knowing the care they receive is customized to meet their needs and follows enhanced COVID-related safety measures.

A TED Talk is in Alumni’s Future

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Amelia Howe from Rugby, Warwickshire, England, has a message for the world, and she plans to give a TED talk to share it.

Leadership and Excellence in Proton Therapy

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Our team of professionals is dedicated to the highest quality care of cancer patients and to improving care for future patients.

David Newby – A life well lived

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A former patient and prostate cancer survivor, David was a regular volunteer spending time every week greeting people and helping with various activities.

Your Perspective Matters

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Your experience at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is very important to us.

Brittany Smith Legacy Honored

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Thanks to the generosity of proton advocates Stan and Anne Land, we are able to honor the life and service of Brittany Smith

Santa and Mrs. Claus Make Extraordinary Gift

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While the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 prevented their customary visit to the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute,

A Letter from our Executive Director Message

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Some of the most effective cancer interventions developed in the modern age are prevention and early detection screening. Mammograms, PSA blood screening, and colonoscopies each have a role in improving survival rates for the most common cancers – breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer, respectively.

Cancer won't wait

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The American Cancer Society, or ACS, is urging people not to delay cancer screening.

Over the Moon

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Heather Oakley, LCSW, OSW-C, receives a 2020 Over the Moon Award from Dreams Come True.

Empty, Drink & Be Merry

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Proton alumni go virtual this year for their annual gathering.

‘Tis the Season

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No matter the gift amount, your support matters.

In Memoriam – Brittany Smith

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Remembering her legacy of love and friendship.

Executive Director Message

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It’s easy to see why 99 percent of patients say their treatment at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is excellent when you consider the expertise of the physicians and staff who deliver the care.

Cancer Treatments Continue Despite COVID-19

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UF Health Proton Therapy Institute has continued to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome Dr. Eric Brooks – New Radiation Oncologist

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The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute welcomes radiation oncologist Eric Brooks, MD, MHS

Prostate Cancer Topic of CME Lecture

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Nancy Mendenhall, MD, FASTRO, is the presenter at the next virtual continuing medical education (CME) class being offered by the Institute. 

Going Above and Beyond #BehindtheMask

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The entire team at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute – people who work behind-the-scenes or on the frontline of patient care – has stepped up and done their part to protect patients and each other by wearing appropriate face coverings, or masks.

Executive Dir. Message

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The everyday heroes of the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute are continuing the organization’s primary mission: dedicated to patient care.

Connecting with Telemedicine for Cancer Care

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Doctors across the United States are rapidly adopting telemedicine as a way to effectively treat patients while mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

Talking to Your Child or Teen about COVID-19

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Here are some tips on how to talk with your child about COVID-19.

Patient Spotlight: Vito Grippo

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A Life That Sparkles After Proton Therapy

Fabric of Care

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Staff and community joined in supplying cloth masks for every non-clinical employee and patient.

Thank you notes from our patients

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We appreciate our staff members’ continued commitment and so do our patients who sent these thank you notes this month.

Executive Director Message

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As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, your health and safety remain our top priority. We are continuing radiation therapy for our patients, including proton therapy, IMRT and SBRT, with extra measures in place to ensure your well-being.

New Safety Measures at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute

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UF Health Proton Therapy Institute takes steps to ensure every staff member and patient is protected from the threat of COVID-19.

Steps to Protect Your Family

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Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Executive Director Message

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Every New Year brings with it new ideas, new challenges and new promises. As we stand at the very beginning of a new decade, it is appropriate for us to look back at the progress made and our goals for the future.

Dr. Nancy P. Mendenhall Named UF Health Cancer Center’s 2019 High-Writer

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Congratulations to UF Health Proton Therapy Institute medical director, Nancy P. Mendenhall, MD, for receiving the UF Health Cancer Center’s 2019 High-Writer Award.

Santa Joe Delivers Donation for Children

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Santa made an un-seasonal stop at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute this month to spread more Christmas cheer to last throughout the year.

Research Shows Benefits of Protons

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Study supports the value of proton therapy by demonstrating an improvement in quality of life and outcomes for cancer patients.

AmazonSmile

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Did you know that you can help the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute provide life-saving care every time you shop?

Executive Director Message

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We are capping off the decade with a commencement – the start of patient treatments in our compact proton therapy gantry, Proteus®ONE. This singular event is the culmination of three years of planning, constructing, installing and commissioning.

Patient Treatments Begin in Proteus®ONE

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The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute began treating patients this month in the new, single-room proton therapy system – Proteus®ONE.

Steven Fitzgerald: Patient One in Proteus®ONE

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On December 9th, Steven was the first patient to be treated in the Institute’s new gantry – a Proteus®ONE single-room proton therapy system.

The Lastinger Family Foundation Creates Endowment for Pediatric Care

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An exceptional gift from The Lastinger Family Foundation of St. Augustine, FL, has created the Lastinger Family Foundation Endowment for Pediatric Care at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. 

IJPT Indexed in PubMed

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The official journal of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG), the International Journal of Particle Therapy, is now indexed in PubMed Central.

Executive Director Message

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Thank you to everyone who has called or emailed your elected representatives in Congress to speak up for proton therapy. While we will not know the outcome for several weeks, we know that we are doing everything possible to fight for patient access to proton therapy.

After Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer, What’s Next?

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What do men who treated their prostate cancer with proton therapy do once they return home? They party.

Boy from Norway Returns for Victory Lap

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Theodor Lonrusten Midttun of Norway was just 3 years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Five years later, he received the “all clear.”

Patient Art Gallery Named in Honor of Karen L Cranford

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Art gallery named in honor of Karen L Cranford.

Supporters Gather to Play Golf. Fight Cancer.®

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Almost 98% of the patients treated at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute are treated on research protocols so it stands to reason that our annual fundraising golf tournament — Play Golf. Fight Cancer.® — would dedicate funds raised to research.

A Relaxing Option to Help Relieve Joint Pain - Yoga Therapy

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“It takes away my pain,” said Rozina Behrooz, coordinator of Residency and Fellowship programs for the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. “I go every Monday evening. It’s rare for me to miss a class because it helps me so much. Why would I want to miss it?”

Ambassador Program

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It’s not uncommon for patients who have completed their treatment program and are satisfied with their experience to say, I want to give back. What can I do to help others who have been diagnosed with cancer and are looking for information?

Treats and Costumes Mean Halloween Fun

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Each year everyone, staff and patients alike, gets into the Halloween spirit, and 2019 was no exception. Pediatric patients and their siblings enjoy trick-or-treating in each department. The Institute’s staff and physicians wear costumes to the delight of patients young and old.

Executive Director Message

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On July 16th Medicare released a proposal to change the way they will pay for radiation therapy services. Per Medicare, the intent of this proposal is to improve quality and reduce cost. Unfortunately, as it is currently proposed, it will have the exact opposite effect on proton therapy.

Medicare’s RO-APM Proposal

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On July 16th Medicare released a Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model (RO-APM) proposal that redefines how radiation therapy services are to be reimbursed for a subset of the radiation community.

Executive Director Message

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The 2019 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists included at least two research presentations about proton therapy that deserve a closer look.

COMPPARE Study Is Activated

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The national clinical trial to compare prostate cancer patient outcomes following proton therapy or photon (X-ray) therapy is underway.

Favorable Outcomes For Prostate Cancer Patients

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In the largest known published analysis of patient-reported sexual health outcomes of potent men at baseline treated with external beam radiotherapy, we reviewed outcomes of men treated at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.

Golf Tournament Save the Date

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The 15th Annual Play Golf. Fight Cancer.® Classic to benefit the proton research program at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute will take place October 21, 2019 at the World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida.

Executive Director Message

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May is brain tumor awareness month, and the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is a regional resource with radiation oncologists who specialize in treating brain tumors and other central nervous system tumors.

Jacksonville Feels Like Home to Family from Australia

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When Kalpana Nagraj and Prasanna Venkatesh learned that tumor remnants in their 10-year-old son Arjun’s brain showed signs of growing after 16 months of remission following surgery they were surprised.

Nurses Who Specialize in Proton Therapy and So Much More

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The depth of experience and specialization at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in every department is a distinction that sets us apart from other proton therapy centers and radiation oncology practices in the region.

Clinical Research Documents the Benefits of Proton Therapy

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Over the past 12 years, the volume of published research about proton therapy has grown significantly, thanks in part to the clinical research program at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.

Students Make Donation in Support of Classmate

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Pediatric patient and her family organized a donation drive to collect art supplies and toys to help reduce anxiety and inspire creativity for patients and family members.

Executive Director Message

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I like to think of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute employees as family members, and there are many of our family members who are behind the scenes helping to make the Institute run smoothly. Last week we unfortunately lost one of our most highly valued family members.

Caregiving: A Spouse Reflects on “Being Present” During Cancer Treatment

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On November 15, 2018, my husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I, of course, went online and this is one of the first sentences I saw: “Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide.” It was not a good day.

Esophageal Cancer and Proton Therapy

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Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiotherapy that can deliver targeted radiation and reduce the impact of curative treatment on normal, healthy lungs and heart tissue and improve the quality of life and long-term survival of esophageal cancer patients.

A Hollywood Ending for Five-Year-Old U.K. Patient

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“The Force” was with five-year-old Lila Everest as she rang Aud’s Chime March 21 signifying her successful mission to complete 30 proton therapy sessions for a brain tumor.

Here Comes the Sun

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The Artists-in-Medicine duo Barbara Fryefield Holmes and Pamela Gardener led patients in an exploration of the sun – its energy, warmth, and uplifting joy.

Executive Director Message

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There are now 32 operating proton therapy centers in the U.S. and more on the way.

Positive Proton Moment: Firefighters Gather to Celebrate One of Their Own

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Brian Kernohan, a lieutenant with 15 years of experience at the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, was surrounded by an estimated 100 fellow firefighters and first responders.

Christina Mershell Joins Staff As Business Development Coordinator

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The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is pleased to announce the addition of Christina Mershell as its business development coordinator.

Two New UF Studies Investigated the Use of Proton Therapy Among Patients With Locally-advanced, Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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The standard-of-care treatment for patients with locally-advanced, non-small cell lung cancer, or Stage 3 NSCLC, is concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, including proton therapy, as a potentially less-toxic, yet effective, treatment option.

Gifts That Keep On Giving

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Each December, The Players Championship Lobby at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is transformed into the North Pole to help children who are on treatment, and their families, experience the joy of the holiday season.