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Siteman Cancer Center Treats First Patient With First-of-Its-Kind Proton Therapy System
Date:12/19/2013

St. Louis (PRWEB) December 19, 2013

A 33-year-old man from Leasburg, Mo., is the first patient to receive a revolutionary form of highly accurate radiation treatment from the world’s first proton system of its kind. The treatment was administered today at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Steven Osborne has a rare type of cancer called chondrosarcoma at the base of his skull. He will undergo a 30- to 45-minute session each weekday for the next seven weeks as the first patient of the S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at Washington University Medical Center.

The S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center provides proton therapy to adult patients of the Siteman Cancer Center and pediatric patients of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Patients eligible for the therapy have cancer near vital organs such as the spine, brain, heart and eyes.

“Proton therapy is unique because it allows for very precise adjustments to the radiation beam, so we can precisely target tumors,” said Jeffrey D. Bradley, MD, director of the Proton Therapy Center. “It helps to minimize damage to surrounding tissue and is especially useful when treating growing children.”

For example, treatment of a brain tumor such as Osborne’s with proton therapy may be less likely
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