AAUW Sept 2016 General Meeting

September 6, 2016 by · Comments Off on AAUW Sept 2016 General Meeting
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Program:  Positively Powerful Proton Beam Therapy
Speaker:  Dr. Nadia Laack, Mayo Radiation Oncologist
Proton beam therapy is a more precise form of cancer treatment than conventional radiation and is less likely to expose healthy tissue to harmful radiation.  It is used in treating adult brain tumors and tumors in children to reduce risk of complications and cognitive side effects.  The machine sends positively charged protons through a series of powerful magnets, accelerating them to 60 percent of the speed of light, and focuses them precisely on the target.  Research is ongoing for use of proton beam therapy in other types of cancer such as breast, lung, prostate and esophageal tumors.
Because of its cost, proton beam therapy is not without criticism.  Mayo used fundraising and a $100 million gift from Iowa philanthropist Richard Jacobson to build its $180 million proton beam accelerator.   Mayo plans to subsidize the portion that exceeds the cost of standard radiation in hopes that insurers will approve more cases of proton beam therapy.
Dr. Nadia Laack, a Mayo radiation oncologist is a member of the team of doctors and researchers at the new Jacobson Proton Beam Center.  Dr. Laack earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine.  She completed a residency in Radiation Oncology at Mayo and a fellowship in Pediatric Radiation Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please join us and Dr. Laack to learn more about the progress made in treating cancer with this fascinating technology.

Maryette Braithwaite and Diane Hellie, Program Co-chairs