Navigation Links
St. Jude and UF Proton Therapy Institute to begin proton therapy clinical trial
Date:11/9/2009

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute have formed a collaboration to provide proton therapy for St. Jude patients. The announcement follows the approval of the first clinical study to evaluate the use of proton therapy for rare brain cancers in children younger than 3 years old.

Under the clinical protocol, St. Jude will refer patients to receive proton therapy at the UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose of the clinical study is to improve response rates and decrease treatment-related side effects.

Proton therapy is being studied as a way to reduce potential damage to healthy tissue that may result from conventional radiation therapy. This is especially important in treating children with brain and spinal tumors to potentially avoid interference with development, growth and cognitive functioning.

St. Jude has the world's largest protocol-based, pediatric brain tumor research and treatment program, which puts it in an excellent position to scientifically document the advantages realized with proton beam radiation therapy.

"Proton beam therapy is potentially of great importance to St. Jude and our patients," said Dr. Joseph H. Laver, St. Jude executive vice president and clinical director. "Although most proton facilities operating in the U.S. recognize pediatrics as a major area of focus, there is very little meaningful data using this modality in children. Working with UF Proton Therapy Institute, we are well-positioned to answer key questions regarding this therapy for children with cancer."

St. Jude patients accepted for the clinical study will be in Jacksonville for proton therapy treatment for six to eight weeks. It is expected that up to 15 patients will receive treatment during the first year of the study. While in Jacksonville, hospital care for St. Jude patients will be provided by Nemours Children's Clinic Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville will house St. Jude patients while they are receiving treatment in Florida.

"It is central to our mission to realize the full potential of protons in the treatment of children," said Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, medical director at UF Proton Therapy Institute. "In cooperation with St. Jude, we will have both clinical and research expertise to provide the best outcomes for patients and to create new knowledge that will guide the development of proton therapy for future patients."

St. Jude leads the field in the application of intensified modulated radiation therapy, known as IMRT. The technique is effective at avoiding damage to adjacent tissues; however, IMRT can still deliver significant radiation doses to underlying tissues resulting in unavoidable side effects for some children. Proton therapy can be focused more precisely and intensely on specific areas of cancerous activity. Protons can also be energized for a desired degree of tumor penetration, thus sparing underlying tissues from radiation exposure.

UF Proton Therapy Institute is one of only six proton therapy centers in the United States. Since opening in August 2006, UF Proton Therapy Institute has treated 100 pediatric patients.


'/>"/>

Contact: Summer Freeman
summer.freeman@stjude.org
901-595-3061
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Historic Agreement Reached to More Expertly and Efficiently Expand Proton Therapy Worldwide
2. Wyeth Receives FDA Approval of Protonix for Delayed-Release Oral Suspension
3. Loma Linda University to Dedicate Proton Treatment Center to Cancer Therapy Pioneer James M. Slater, M.D.
4. Eclipse(TM) Proton Scanning Algorithm from Varian Medical Systems Receives FDA Clearance
5. Proton-powered pooping
6. Wyeth Announces Launch of Own Generic Version of PROTONIX
7. Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd. to Market Generic Protonix(R)
8. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Northwest Hospital Sign Letter of Intent to Develop Proton Therapy Center for Cancer Treatment
9. Gastric juice for diagnosis of H. pylori infection in patients on proton pump inhibitors
10. Varian Medical Systems to Develop Interface Between the ARIA(TM) Oncology Information System and the Monarch250(TM) Proton Radiotherapy System From Still River Systems
11. LegalView Warns Proton Pump Inhibitor Patients of Potential Bone Fracture Risk Associated with Drug
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... Pixel Film ... users with customizable backdrops in the Christmas edition of the ProDrop series. Pick ... year. Captivate audiences and invoke the spirit of Christmas using ProDrop's wintry generators. ProDrop ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Food Labeling ... in health and wellness best practices in the past couple of decades, and ... is American Heart Month, which acts as an exceptional opportunity to revise food ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC), will be held in New York City, ... is “Imaging Biology…Improving Therapy.” The congress will highlight and emphasize how imaging reveals ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... to expand dental health services to the developmentally disabled in the Coachella Valley. ... operations to a new facility at 71-949 Highway 111, Suite 100-B, in Rancho ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Compliancy Group ... associations of medical professionals throughout the country. The Guard was specifically designed to ... and procedures, employee training, regulatory updates, and compliance coaching. , In addition to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016 Brain Cancer patients in ... at West Cancer Center . Optune™, ... inhibit cancer cell replication causing death of cancer cells, ... decade to show a significant extension in overall survival ... Currently, West Cancer Center is the only medical center ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ROCKLEDGE, Fla. , Feb. 11, 2016 ... have started out 2016 with sales exceeding company targets, ... and have received their trademark from the United States ... Bobby Clark , Chief Executive Officer of PLAD, ... state of Pennsylvania with two ...
(Date:2/11/2016)...  Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCTH ), ... on oncology with an emphasis on the treatment ... engagement of Lars E. Birgerson , M.D., ... Birgerson will provide strategic medical advisory and operational ... help ensure timely facilitation of new clinical trial ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: