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ON THE MAP Proton Treatment Center (MPTC), located at the BioPark on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and led by radiation oncologists from the University of Maryland, is one of fewer than two dozen proton centers in the country. FOR CANCER CARE Dr. Kevin Cullen Proton therapy is a highly advanced and very precise form of radiation that is extremely effective in treating a wide variety of localized tumors. Most commonly, these are tumors found in the brain, base of the skull, head and neck area, eye, lung, prostate, liver, breast, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract. The therapy is also a very important treatment option for children with cancer. William Regine, MD, executive director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, who is also professor and Isadore & Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, says proton therapy is "a powerful tool in the cancer-fighting toolbox. When it comes to radiation oncology, at the University of Maryland, we are now able to offer our patients the most cuttingedge technology available to help them conquer cancer." Proton therapy delivers an increased radiation dose that stops specifically at the tumor site, which means much of the surrounding normal tissue is protected. Proton treatment is easily tolerated, noninvasive and often results in fewer side effects than traditional radiation. It can also be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery. MPTC treatment rooms are equipped with what's known as "pencil beam" or intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT). WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN NCI-CCC ■ We offer leading-edge cancer ■ We present more clinical trial options, treatments, some of which are which provide greater hope for patients. available only here. Also, minority participation in clinical ■ We employ a growing group of some of the world's leading cancer researchers and physicians. ■ We develop new and improved therapies for breast, prostate and blood cancers (to name a few), which are making a global impact. trials, which is only about 2 percent nationwide, is over 30 percent at UMGCCC. ■ We train the next generation of cancer doctors and researchers, including those from our community. ■ We continually make discoveries that will lead to better cancer prevention. umgccc.org/NCI. To make an appointment, please call 410-328-7904. Through the University of Maryland Cancer Network, cancer patients treated at other University of Maryland cancer centers benefit from UMGCCC's expertise and growing clinical trials program. mybwmc.org | Fall 2016  11 http://umgccc.org/NCI http://www.mybwmc.org

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