Just after three years of its opening, the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) has made a breakthrough by treating its 2,000th patient. It is the first proton treatment center opened in the District/Virginia/Maryland region.
Moreover, MPTC is the world’s only treatment center that offers both thermal and proton therapies in one facility.
Corinne Hanooman of Largo, Florida is the 2,000th patient of Maryland Proton Treatment Center. Currently, she is getting treatment for recurrent gynecological cancer. One of her family members recommended her to go to MPTC in Baltimore, MD to check if proton therapy and other unique services offered at the center could help her.
Proton therapy is an advanced radiation method that targets tumors with pinpoint accuracy, at the same time limiting the radiation exposure to healthy tissues. Pranshu Mohindra, MBBS, DABR, MD, is an Associate Professor of radiation oncology at the UM SOM at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Ms. Hanooman is an ideal candidate that must get proton therapy as the recurrent nature of her cancer needs high dose radiation. Protons can better protect healthy tissues, thus minimizing the side effect.
This technique is particularly important when targeting radiation to the pelvic region, where the tumor is close to bones, bowel, and bladder. Besides protons, Dr. Mohindra has also suggested deep-tissue external thermal therapy for Ms. Hanooman, which can play its role by heating the tumor tissue to moderate temperatures (between 104-110 degrees F).
This enhances the tumor blood supply, bringing more oxygen into the tumor and making cancer cells more responsive to radiation therapy. This is particularly helpful for recurrent tumors like resistant tumors like sarcoma or Ms. Hanooman’s.
Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, Ph.D., Professor of radiation oncology director of the division of translational radiation sciences in the department of radiation oncology at UM SOM has led the thermal education program at Maryland Proton Treatment Center.
Dr. Vujaskovic is a world-renowned organization on thermal therapy with over 20 years of experience in the field. At MPTC, experienced physicians have successfully treated tumors in the base of the skull, brain, breast, esophagus, eyes, liver, lung, pancreas, prostate, gynecological cancers head, and neck, liver, lung, pancreas, prostate, gynecological cancers, spine, as well as lymphomas.
The MPTC patients also include those who need a second course of radiation, proving hope when other forms of treatment may no longer be an option. why there is a majority of patients who choose MPTC to come from the District/Maryland/Virginia region. Whereas, appetite and experience of their physicians have brought patients from all over the world.
Hanooman wanted to come here because his family recommended it. When it learned about the benefits of using proton therapy and thermal therapy together, he was sure that this was the right place for her.
Ms. Hanooman states that expect to complete treatment in mid-November and reach home to Florida in time for the holidays. She looks forward to watching her daughter in the marching band and trying new foods together–especially Ethiopian food!
For more information on proton therapy, and treatable cancer/disease sites will visit be mdproton.com.