Clinical Trials at the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute
We believe that, with clinical research, proton therapy will likely become the cancer treatment of choice for many patients. The future of proton therapy depends heavily on clinical research over the coming years. That's why our primary mission is to conduct clinical research to improve the effectiveness and availability of proton therapy.
Most of the studies conducted at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute are based on the expectation that at least one outcome of treatment will be significantly better than what can be achieved with traditional radiation therapy.
At the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, patients are guided through each step of the treatment process with compassion, understanding and unequaled expertise.
No two patients experience cancer the same way. That's why, at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, we provide each patient with a treatment plan that fits his or her individual needs at every step. Your personal team of physicians, nurse case managers, therapists, physicists and intake specialists will work together to care for you along the way.
How does proton therapy compare with IMRT for prostate cancer treatment outcomes?
UF Health Proton Therapy Institute published in the May 2016 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics a study that reports 5-year outcomes of more than 1,300 prostate cancer patients treated at the Institute from 2006 to 2010. The study shows that proton therapy is a highly effective treatment for low-risk, intermediate-risk and high-risk prostate cancer. It also reports a low rate of serious side effects.
There are no prospective comparative studies for a definitive comparison of proton therapy with IMRT. The following table from the study provides some guidance on patient outcomes following prostate cancer treatment with either proton therapy or IMRT.
Your Questions, Our Answers.
When you're looking for the right treatment for your prostate cancer, nothing's more important than accurate information.
Read on, and learn the truth about prostate cancer, proton therapy, cure rates and side effect risks.
If you still have questions, contact us. We will be happy to help.
Q: Are there clinical data that show proton therapy is an effective cure for prostate cancer?
A: There are. Long-term data from Loma Linda University shows that proton therapy is an effective prostate cancer treatment. More important, a recent study showed that proton therapy successfully treated prostate cancer with a very low risk of severe side effects to the bladder or rectum.
Traditional prostate cancer treatment involving surgery or radiation carries the risk of serious toxicity and side effects. The potential long-term impact of these side effects on quality of life forces men to make a difficult choice during a stressful time.
Proton radiation for prostate cancer treatment offers an innovative method of radiation treatment intended to lower the risk of prostate cancer treatments and side effects.
Effective cancer treatment with a lower risk of severe side effects.
For patients facing many types of cancer, proton therapy offers an effective alternative to traditional radiation.
What makes proton radiation different?
Proton radiation can be directed to reach only the areas of the body that are affected by cancer. This leads to more accurate therapy, with less risk that healthy tissue will be exposed to radiation - and this can reduce the risk of complications and side effects.
Fewer treatment complications mean that physicians can deliver higher doses of proton radiation to cancer sites, and an increased dose of proton radiation can improve the chances for a successful outcome.
About the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute
A Florida Cancer Center of Excellence
Effective proton cancer treatment delivered with all the resources of a non-profit major academic health center.
During our first 10 years, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute staff has grown to 165 and has brought hope of a cancer-free future to 6,400 patients. When we opened our doors in August 2006, proton therapy was a new cancer treatment to the Southeast United States.
With the availability of proton therapy, Florida residents – and cancer patients throughout North America and from 30 other countries – now enjoy access to one of the most advanced non-invasive cancer treatment tools available.
UF Proton Therapy Institute
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