What should I do about delays in my cancer treatment?
As hospitals and health care providers across the country continue to mobilize their resources to respond to and contain the COVID-19 outbreak, many cancer patients are worried about how their treatments may be impacted. Some hospitals are having to make difficult decisions, postponing or canceling surgeries and other procedures to make room for an influx of COVID-19 patients. Some cancer patients have already had to adjust to or work around delays in their care. Others worry that their upcoming procedures will be canceled or postponed. To help you navigate the road ahead, Sean Cavanaugh, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), answers common questions we’ve been fielding from cancer patients around the United States.
For more information, click here.
PCG Welcomes Inova Center to Our Membership!
Inova Center for Advanced Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy
Radiation therapy is a unique treatment that uses different forms of radiation to target cancer cells. Many cancer patients will undergo some form of radiation either as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy.
The Inova Center for Advanced Radiation Oncology and Proton therapy offers:
- The most advanced radiation equipment in the Washington DC region
- Experience and clinical knowledge from a team of specialists
- Interaction with a patient’s entire cancer care team – surgeons, medical oncologists, nurses, genetic counselors – to provide the best, and most personalized, treatment plan
Our renowned specialists use the latest techniques and technology to ensure the highest level of care is provided to patients.
To learn more, click here.
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
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…
Read the full article at the link below:
The PTCOG NA abstract submission deadline has been extended to August 31, 2016.
Please send any data use requests to HQ@pgresearch.org and allow at least 5 business days for processing.
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.
PCG Welcomes the Maryland Proton Treatment Center to our membership!
PCG welcomes the Maryland Proton Treatment Center to our membership!
The new center, located in Baltimore, MD, is scheduled to begin treating patients this winter. We are thrilled to be working with this team!
Click below to learn more about the center: http://www.mdproton.com/