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Proton Therapy for Brain Tumors: The Martha Ramos Story
Martha Ramos of Maryland became the first person to be treated at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Proton Therapy Center in March 2018. Watch how proton therapy was used to treat the recurrence of a brain tumor and how Martha now has her life back.
To learn more about proton therapy please visit medstargeorgetown.org/ProtonTherapy or call 202-444-4639.
Learn about Proton Therapy with Radiation Oncologist Brian Collins, MD
Dr. Brian Collins is the medical director of Radiation Oncology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and clinical director of the new MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Proton Therapy Center. Our proton therapy center is the first in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and is the only center in the world with new HYPERSCAN™ technology that ensures pinpoint accuracy with no damaging exit dose of radiation to healthy tissue or critical organs.
Click “show more” below to see all of the questions Dr. Collins answers. Clicking on the time code will take you directly to Dr. Collins’s answer. For more information about proton therapy call 202-444-4639 or visit medstargeorgetown.org/ProtonTherapy
:00-2:00- Meet Dr. Brian Collins
2:05 Why did you choose radiation oncology as your specialty?
2:39 What’s the difference between a photon and a proton?
3:08 What does a proton have to do with eliminating a tumor?
3:35 What is HYPERSCAN™ and why is it important?
4:06 Is proton therapy with HYPERSCAN™ better than traditional proton therapy?
4:16 What types of tumors does proton therapy treat?
4:41 Why is it important that proton therapy has no exit dose?
5:08 What are the advantages of using proton therapy to treat brain tumors?
5:30 Why use protons for gastrointestinal (GI) cancers?
5:49 Why is proton therapy good for lung or chest cancers?
6:14 When do you use proton therapy for pediatric tumors?
6:46 Are there certain pediatric cancers that can be cured with proton therapy?
7:13 How do I know if proton therapy is right for me?
7:41 Why would I want proton therapy with HYPERSCAN™ versus another type of proton therapy?
8:00 What is the difference between photons and protons when it comes to treatment for brain cancer?
8:22 Is proton therapy used for prostate cancer?
8:40 When is proton therapy a good option for breast cancer?
9:00 What is it like to be a patient receiving proton therapy?
9:38 How many proton therapy treatments do people usually receive?
9:55 What sets MedStar Georgetown apart from other radiation oncology programs?
10:12 What excites you about proton therapy and being able to offer it to your patients?
10:27 How are photons different from protons in their ability to avoid secondary cancers?
10:49 Will proton therapy eventually replace conventional photon treatment?
Proton Therapy vs. Conventional Radiation
The photons in conventional x-ray therapy radiate everything in their path, including structures behind the tumor. With proton therapy, we're able to deliver a high dose of radiation to the target and minimize the radiation to the adjacent areas.
The Future of Cancer Treatment is Here: Introducing Proton Therapy
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is proud to introduce proton therapy with HYPERSCAN™ technology to its suite of comprehensive treatments. The new addition makes the Hospital the first and only proton therapy site in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, greatly enhancing the care and convenience of patients throughout the region.
Proton therapy is a highly advanced form of radiation treatment that targets tumors anywhere in the body in both adults and children.
For more information, call 202-444-4639 or visit: MedStarGeorgetown.org/ProtonCenter
What to Expect During Proton Therapy
Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment that is highly targeted and can treat tumors anywhere in the body in both adults and children. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is home to leaders in proton and other forms of radiation therapy, who will guide you through every step of your treatment process and offer you personalized care and support throughout your recovery.
For more information, call 202-444-4639 or visit: MedStarGeorgetown.org/ProtonCenter
Treating GI Cancers with Proton Therapy: Ask Dr. Keith Unger
Keith Unger, MD, is a Board-certified radiation oncologist, who specializes in the use of proton therapy and other radiation treatments for gastrointestinal cancers at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Click “show more” below to see an interactive list of the most-asked questions Dr. Unger answers about GI cancer and proton therapy.
To learn more or to make an appointment with Dr. Unger, please call 202-444-4639 or visit medstargeorgetown.org/ProtonTherapy
0:00 Meet Dr. Unger
2:43 What is proton therapy?
3:34 What are the benefits of proton therapy?
4:19 What gastrointestinal cancers can be treated with proton therapy?
5:03 Is pancreatic cancer a GI cancer than can be treated with proton therapy?
5:45 Can esophageal cancer be treated with proton therapy?
7:00 Is proton therapy a good treatment for liver cancer?
7:57 When is someone not a good candidate for proton therapy?
8:35 If I have cancer in multiple places in my body, can I get proton therapy?
9:12 What is it like to have proton therapy?
9:42 What are the side effects of proton therapy?
10:15 How does proton therapy work in combination with other cancer treatments?
10:35 If I’ve already had conventional radiation, can I still get proton therapy?
11:00 If my cancer specialist is not located at MedStar Georgetown, can I still get proton therapy at MGUH?
11:20 Why should I come to MedStar Georgetown for my cancer treatment?
Proton Therapy and Pediatric Cancer with Jeff Toretsky, MD
Proton therapy is generally accepted as one of the standard treatments for many pediatric cancers. Meet pediatric cancer expert Jeff Toretsky, MD, chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute and learn about the benefits of proton therapy over standard radiation. To make an appointment or to learn more about proton therapy, call 202-444-4639 or visit MedStarGeorgetown.edu/ProtonTherapy.
Proton Therapy and the Treatment of Breast Cancer: Ask Dr. Sonali Rudra
Sonali Rudra, MD, director, Breast Cancer Radiation Oncology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital specializes in treating patients with breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies, with a range of technologies including proton therapy. To learn more about Dr. Rudra and how she uses radiation to treat cancer, click “show more” below to reveal the interactive questions and answers. To learn more or to make an appointment with Dr. Rudra please call 202-444-4639 or visit MedStarGeorgetown.org/ProtonTherapy.
:01 Meet Dr. Rudra
2:33 What is the role of radiation therapy in breast cancer?
3:26 What is the benefit of treating breast cancer with proton therapy versus traditional radiation?
4:00 Which breast cancer patients may benefit the most from proton therapy?
5:44 Are there side effects with proton radiation therapy?
7:01 What does proton therapy feel like?
7:32 Is proton therapy safe for the treatment of my breast cancer?
8:25 Can proton therapy replace chemo therapy or surgery?
9:14 What does the process of getting radiation threaten at MedStar Georgetown look like?
9:58 When in the course of my cancer treatment would I receive proton therapy?
10:39 How does being an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center benefit me as a patient?
11:34 Why is MedStar Georgetown a great option for my breast cancer radiation treatment?
Proton Therapy for Cancers of the Lung, Prostate and in Children: Ask Dr. Jonathan Lischalk
Jonathan Lischalk, MD is director of Thoracic Radiation Oncology at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Proton Therapy Center. He specializes in treating patients with lung cancer and other cancers of the chest, plus genitourinary malignancies like prostate cancer and cancers in children and young adults. Dr. Lischalk has experience using a wide range of radiation technologies, including proton therapy. To learn more about Dr. Lischalk click “show more” below to reveal his interactive questions and answers.
To learn more or to make an appointment with Dr. Lischalk please call 202-444-4639 or visit MedStarGeorgetown.org/ProtonTherapy.
:01 Meet Dr. Lischalk in this two-minute profile
2:06 What is the goal of proton therapy?
2:25 How long do proton therapy treatments take?
2:50 How many weeks of treatment will I need with proton therapy?
3:04 Can proton therapy treat patients who can’t receive traditional radiation?
3:34 Why would I have proton therapy versus traditional radiation for lung cancer?
4:20 What stages and types of lung cancer are treated with proton therapy?
4:43 What are the benefits of proton therapy for lung cancer?
5:22 What are possible side effects of proton therapy for lung cancer?
5:57 How would you compare the side effects of proton therapy versus traditional radiation for lung cancer?
6:21 What are the benefits of proton therapy for my heart?
6:43 Why is proton therapy used to treat cancers of the spinal cord?
7:18 Is proton therapy an option to treat prostate cancer?
7:40 When do you treat prostate cancer with proton therapy?
8:25 What are the side effects of proton therapy for prostate cancer?
8:43 How is proton therapy used in children with cancer?
9:38 What pediatric tumors are typically treated with proton therapy?
10:08 Why is proton therapy a recommended treatment for children and young people with cancer?
10:55 What is the relationship between proton therapy and secondary cancers in children?
11:42 When do secondary cancers occur?
12:00 How does technology relate to the radiation technique used to treat my specific cancer?
12:27 Why come to MedStar Georgetown for my cancer treatment?