Throughout the month of October, awareness is brought to breast cancer. Stories are shared; pink ribbons are adorned; and we come together to support those who are affected by this disease.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event
During the event, you can hear stories from former patients, learn more about proton therapy, and tour the facility. This complimentary seminar, led by a HUPTI radiation oncologist, is open to prospective patients or anyone wanting to learn more about proton therapy.
“My neighbor referred me to HUPTI once I was diagnosed. Anyone researching cancer treatment options should definitely call the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute,” said Newport News breast cancer survivor Mamie Corey. “Don’t walk around without sharing that you have breast cancer. Get ahead of it. Do not let fear consume you.”
Breast Cancer Facts
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. states that one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and it is the leading cause of death among women. While breast cancer in men is rare, it is estimated that 2,470 men will be diagnosed each year.
In recent years, new treatment options have surfaced, bringing with them both enthusiasm and optimism. Today there are over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors alive in the United States due to these treatment options. HUPTI offers patients a treatment that is targeted and highly effective.
FDA-approved proton therapy has been used to treat cancer since 1990. The treatment differs from other radiation therapies by delivering a precise dose of energy to the targeted area. When compared to other cancer treatment options, proton therapy often results in fewer side effects and less damage to the surrounding healthy breast tissue and organs, while also limiting cosmetic damage, skin necrosis, and rib fracture.
“My tumor was on the left side. The proton therapy targeted my tumor really closely so [radiation] didn’t go to my heart or lungs,” said breast cancer survivor Janet Weymouth- German of Newport News. “I spend more time with my family; I’ve enjoyed going back to work. It’s amazing how this cloud was lifted, and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Each noninvasive treatment session lasts about a minute allowing many patients to return to their normal routine with few side effects or discomfort. Since proton therapy has become a standard in cancer treatment options, most insurance providers, Medicare, and Medicaid cover the cost.
Proton Therapy History
Once Hampton University president Dr. William R. Harvey heard of the successes of proton therapy, he gathered a team together to create the largest free-standing proton therapy facility in the world. HUPTI’s setting brings science and compassion together alongside innovative technologies and a remarkably passionate staff.
For more information and questions about the event, or to RSVP, please call 757.251.6800. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.
To learn more about The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, click here.
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