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Day 2 of the  Proton Therapy Center National Education Conference picks up where day 1 left off with insights into lung cancer, physics, dosimetry and more. The conference is designed to educate healthcare professionals on the recent advances, current treatment modalities, and clinical trials in radiation oncology using proton therapy.

Check back here throughout the day for continuous highlights from the conference.

Comprehensive Care of Children Receiving Proton Therapy (David Grosshans, MD, PhD)
  • About 10% of the Proton Therapy Center's patients are children, most of which need anesthesia. 
  • Child Life Specialist Kelly Wagner uses specialized toys, such as a miniature CT scanner, to normalize the hospital environment and mentally prepare children for their proton treatment.
  • The Proton Therapy Center has dedicated pediatric anesthesiologists and CNRAs. No endotracheal tubes or LMAs are used.
  • Watch a video of Dr. Grosshans discuss the importance of proton therapy for childhood cancer patients.

proton_exterior.jpgThe Proton Therapy Center National Education Conference is designed to educate healthcare professionals on the recent advances, current treatment modalities, and clinical trials in radiation oncology using proton therapy.

   

This post features key insights from most of the Day 1 speakers including information on proton therapy for multiple disease sites, and recent advances in the field.



Physics of Proton Therapy (Radhe Mohan, PhD)

  • Proton therapy has an inherent advantage because proton radiation dose patterns can be shaped to conform to the shape of a tumor.
  • Physicists ensure equipment is performing correctly, that treatment plans are optimal for each patient and that the complex ways in which the particles travel within the body are deeply understood so they can be distributed effectively.
  • To make protons useful for radiation therapy thin beams entering the treatment "nozzle" must be spread laterally and longitudinally, and shaped appropriately.

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