PCG Welcomes Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville To Our Membership!

PCG welcomes Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville to our membership!
Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville opened its doors to patients on January 20th 2014. They are the 13th proton center in the United States, the second in the southeast, and the first in the state of Tennessee. We are thrilled to be working with a proton center recognized in the industry for innovative treatment protocols!
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PCG Member Spotlight: Shaakir Hasan, DO, New York Proton Center

Dr. Shaakir Hasan is an attending radiation oncologist at New York Proton Center.   He subspecializes in proton therapy for genitourinary (GU) and prostate cancers, lymphoma, and pediatric malignancies. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the oncology space and has presented his research at multiple international conferences.

Dr. Hasan completed his undergraduate degree at University of Michigan and received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was awarded membership in the National Scholastic Honor Society. He completed his internship at Crozer Keystone in Philadelphia and his residency training in radiation oncology at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he served as Chief Resident and received the RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award.

His philosophy of care is to empower patients with the knowledge, confidence, and support required to confront their disease.

Click here for more information about New York Proton Center’s Care Team.

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PTCOG-NA Sixth Annual Conference October 14-16, 2019

Particle Therapy Cooperative Group North America will be holding its sixth annual conference October 14-16, 2019. It will be hosted by Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida.

Please click here for more information.

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Proton Collaborative Group (PCG) boosts its efforts to gather compelling clinical evidence on proton therapy

Warrenville, IL, September 22, 2017 – Proton Collaborative Group (PCG) is proud to announce the
start of a large-scale initiative to enhance its clinical data collection efforts in the field of
proton therapy. PCG currently houses the largest multi-institutional proton therapy patient
registry with over 10,000 patients from 12 treatment facilities across the U.S. included in its
database. PCG intends to expand its role in the collection of high quality data through the
implementation of a more robust database which is reviewed in on a going basis by an expert
International Data Steering Committee.
The enhanced database, “Alexandria”, will boost PCG’s registry to the next level. It will allow for
collection of more comprehensive data, by providing a platform for advanced dosimetry and imaging
data to be captured for all patients. This will greatly augment the current data entry and data
quality assurance efforts. Data collection will be quicker and more robust, allowing for better data

Click below to read the entire press release…

PCG press Release September 2017 FINAL

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ASTRO Coverage Recommendations for Proton Beam Therapy

The use of proton beam therapy is somewhat controversial, owing to its high cost. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has updated its recommendations for medical insurance coverage for this modality.

ASTRO’s policy paper provides guidance to all insurers, including Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payers, about the clinical indications that are appropriate for proton bean therapy and that should be covered…

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PCG Appoints Dr. Charles Simone as Chair of the PCG Executive Council

PCG is thrilled to announce that Charles Simone, MD, from the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, has been appointed as the Chairman of the PCG Executive Council. Dr. Simone currently serves as the chair of the PCG Lung Committee and will now also lead the Council’s efforts to provide oversight for all PCG committees, protocol development and approvals, clinical policies and procedures, and organizational strategy implementation. Congratulations Dr. Simone!


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PCG Member Spotlight: Kayla Tarrant, Clinical Research Coordinator, ProCure Proton Therapy Center, Oklahoma City, OK

PCG Member Spotlight: Kayla Tarrant, Clinical Research Coordinator, ProCure Proton Therapy Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Kayla began working at ProCure Proton Treatment Center armed with an Associate Degree in Science and an eagerness to learn. After 5 years of consistent positive contributions as a Treatment Team Assistant, she was ready for new challenges in the field of research. She smoothly transitioned to the role of Clinical Research Coordinator in 2015. Kayla has plans to sit for the certification exam in this field in the next year, and also looks forward to furthering her education with a Bachelor degree. Originally interested in the field of nursing, Kayla has found a niche in the world of proton therapy.
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PCG Member Spotlight: J. Ben Wilkinson, MD, Willis-Knighton Cancer Center

Dr. Ben Wilkinson is a board-certified radiation oncologist and Proton Collaborative Group (PCG) member who currently lives in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Dr. Wilkinson completed undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Marketing at Texas Christian University (TCU) and received his medical school education at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  He then completed residency in radiation oncology at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan under the direction of Alvaro Martinez, Frank Vicini, Larry Kestin, and Inga Grills.  While at Beaumont, Dr. Wilkinson assisted with research and clinical outcomes for patients treated with accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) and image guidance.  This work led to being an author or co-author for over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and text book chapters, including publication of Phase II data for a hypofractionated APBI regimen using applicator-based brachytherapy.  Following completion of residency, Dr. Wilkinson joined Willis-Knighton Cancer Center and LSU Health Science Center Shreveport as a staff radiation oncologist, primarily treating brain and spine tumors, as well as lung, breast, and prostate cancers.  During his time in Shreveport, he has created a radiation oncology rotation and journal club for LSU’s medical oncology fellowship, introduced NCI CTCAE toxicity scoring in the Willis-Knighton clinic, and started treating pediatric patients in a historically adult-based cancer center.  All patients treated with proton therapy at Willis-Knighton are prospectively enrolled in the PCG registry study.  In addition to baseline demographics, quality of life and toxicity data are collected for all patients using the VisionTree Optimal Care platform.  Dr. Wilkinson is committed to clinical research which led him to participate in the ASCO / AACR Methods in Clinical Research Workshop in Vail, Colorado, as well as spearhead the addition of Willis-Knighton Cancer Center to the Gulf South NCORP, which will enable patient participation on NRG/RTOG cooperative group trials beginning in the Summer of 2016.  With his guidance, Willis-Knighton became the first affiliate site in the country to open and enroll a patient on the new PCORI breast protocol randomizing patients with locally-advanced breast cancer to proton therapy or conventional X-ray based treatment.  Dr. Wilkinson is currently working with PCG to evaluate the clinical outcomes and patterns of failure after proton therapy for low-grade gliomas.  Preliminary results of this work will be shared at this year’s ASTRO meeting in Boston.IMG_2359


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