The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, USA, has celebrated the 1,000th patient to complete treatment.
The 1,000th patient, based in Israel, was involved in a car accident in 2006, after which a CT scan found a small tumour in her spine. It was recommended at that time that it not be treated by any means due to its sensitive location. In 2011, the patient was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it was then discovered that the hemangioblastoma tumour had grown larger and now mandated treatment. Despite five surgeries on the patient’s spine to remove the tumour, it continued to grow back each time. Following these setbacks, the patient decided to undergo proton therapy in the USA.
“It’s amazing to see how proton therapy has gained traction both locally in New Jersey and New York, all the way across the globe to places like Israel,” says Eugen Hug, radiation oncologist at ProCure Proton Therapy Center, who worked with the patient during her treatment regimen and is helping to connect patients in Israel and abroad with proton therapy treatment at ProCure.
The precision of proton therapy makes it especially effective for treating children and adults with anatomically complex tumours, such as tumours that are inoperable, located at the base of the skull, or along the spinal cord.