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SPOTLIGHT: This most advanced form of proton therapy allows physicians takes place over the course of several weeks. Patients NEW WAYS TO TREAT CANCER AT UM BWMC can continue with their daily lives, including going to work Radiation therapy patients at the Tate Cancer and school, while they are receiving treatment. Center at UM BWMC, an affiliate of the University to "paint" the radiation dose onto the tumor, layer by layer. Each appointment typically lasts less than an hour, but the actual time it takes to deliver the proton beam is only minutes. It is a painless outpatient treatment that typically MPTC emphasizes care that puts patients at ease, with of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum staff going above and beyond to deliver a great patient Comprehensive Cancer Center, have access to experience. That includes providing free valet parking as innovative clinical trials designed to find new and well as a concierge program to help patients with nonmedical better ways to treat patients with cancer. needs. In addition, a goal of the MPTC is to remain cost- The Tate Cancer Center currently offers more neutral to insurance providers. This means that patients pay than 10 clinical trials, including these three new trials: the same for proton treatment as they would for other more 1) ALTernate Approaches for Clinical Stage II conventionally available radiation treatments at the University or III Estrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer of Maryland. "It is important that everyone have access to NeoAdjuvant TrEatment (ALTERNATE) in this type of treatment," explains Dr. Regine. Postmenopausal Women: A Phase III Study AMAZING WORK EVERY DAY breast cancer whose breast cancer is highly The elevated NCI designation as well as the newly opened estrogen receptor (ER) positive. Maryland Proton Treatment Center are just two examples of 2) A Phase II/III Trial of Neoadjuvant FOLFOX, how the University of Maryland is building on its prominence with Selective Use of Combined Modality as a destination for cancer care. Chemoradiation Versus Preoperative Combined For postmenopausal women with early stage Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also helped bring recognition Modality Chemoradiation for Locally Advanced to UMGCCC this past year when he very publicly battled Rectal Cancer Patients Undergoing Low Anterior B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, proudly showed off his bald Resection with Total Mesorectal Excision head and came out "cancer-free" after several months of For men or women who have been diagnosed chemotherapy. He often used with rectal adenocarcinoma and will undergo Twitter and Facebook to colorectal surgery. share his experience. 3) Phase III Trial of Enzalutamide (NSC #766085) "I would like to thank the Versus Enzalutamide, Abiraterone, and entire team at the Univer- Prednisone for Castration Resistant Metastatic sity of MD Medical Center Prostate Cancer Greenebaum Cancer Center For men who have been diagnosed with pros- for their incredible dedication tate cancer that has spread and has not responded and the amazing work to hormonal therapy. they do to save lives every If you are eligible for a clinical trial, your physi- day," the governor wrote on cian may discuss it with you at the time of your his Facebook page. consultation. If you want to take part, a research Indeed, every day, lives associate will assist in coordinating participation. are saved at the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as the Maryland Proton Treatment Center. When someone asks you what Maryland is known for, you may be quick to answer, "Crabs." But hopefully now you will remember, too, that our state and the University of Maryland LEARN MORE You can find all of the clinical trials currently available at the Tate Cancer Center at mybwmc.org/clinical-trials. are known for tackling cancer.  12  MARYLAND'S HEALTH MATTERS h To make an appointment at the Maryland http://www.mybwmc.org/clinical-trials

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