Provision Healthcare Receives FDA Clearance of the ProNova SC360 Proton Therapy System

Provision Healthcare Receives FDA Clearance of the ProNova SC360 Proton Therapy System

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Knoxville, Tennessee, USA (December 8, 2016)—Provision Healthcare’s research, development and manufacturing subsidiary, ProNova Solutions, has...

Provision Healthcare Announces National Survey Results

Provision Healthcare Announces National Survey Results Men treated for prostate cancer using proton therapy reported significantly better quality of life than other therapy options

Knoxville, TN (September 27, 2016)— A national survey released today reported that men treated for prostate cancer who received proton therapy reported significantly better quality of life during and after treatment than those treated with brachytherapy, surgery or traditional x-ray therapy.  The survey carried out via phone and online, by Bryant Research profiled 755 men, ages 50-75, who were surveyed at least 12 months after treatment.

Patients who received proton therapy reported the...

Provision Center for Proton Therapy Treats 1,000th Patient

Knoxville, TN (June 7, 2016)—

Today, 1,000 patients have graduated from the Provision Center for Proton Therapy, completing their course of proton therapy as part of their journey to defeating cancer. The 1000th patient marks an important milestone in the proton center’s development into a critical component of the comprehensive cancer campus at Dowell Springs and as a community resource in East Tennessee.

The center launched operations on January 20, 2014, with one treatment room. Three patients underwent therapy the center’s first day of business. Today the center is treating more than 90 patients per day in three treatment...

Provision medical director speaks at ASTRO on benefits of SpaceOAR gel product

Knoxville, TN (Oct. 19, 2015)—ASTRO Booth #250—Marcio Fagundes, M.D., medical director of Provision Center for Proton Therapy, will speak today in San Antonio, Texas, at the 57th annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) on the results of using a product that helps protect prostate cancer patients from radiation exposure.

Six months after being the first proton therapy center to use SpaceOAR, more than 100 Provision patients have received the spacer, which fills the gap between the prostate and rectal wall, protecting the rectum from any minimal radiation exposure that may be incurred during treatment.<...

Provision and RaySearch partner on RayStation proton therapy training


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 18, 2015)—ASTRO Booth #250—Provision Healthcare is partnering with leading treatment planning software developer, RaySearch Laboratories AB, to offer new user education at the Provison Center for Proton Therapy’s state-of-the-art treatment and training facilities.

Provision was the first proton therapy center to adopt the company’s system, called RayStation, and has worked collaboratively with RaySearch since the launch of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in January 2014.

“Over the past nearly two years, we have put RayStation through its paces, and we are pleased with the results. The physicists and...

Provision | Scott Hamilton at Tedx KC


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - He's gone for gold and been the go-to in figure skating commentary, but now Olympian Scott Hamilton is trading in his ice skates for center stage.

"This technology right now needs a friend, a public friend that is going to stand up and talk about it," said Hamilton.

Hamilton is a cancer survivor turned proton therapy advocate. In fact, he's so passionate about the lifesaving cancer treatment that it'll be what he talks about at his TEDxKC talk  ...

Eddie Check aims to honor a dad and save lives

Kevin Kirkland was a high school senior on the football practice field when he learned his father, Eddie, had been diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer. Four years later, his dad died from the disease. Kirkland doesn’t want anyone else to go through that experience. Eddie Kirkland’s diagnosis was particularly difficult for Kevin because his mother had died a year before from breast cancer. Breast cancer was just gaining the public’s attention, while prostate cancer lurked in the shadows. “Back in 1972, you didn’t hear people talk about prostate health, you didn...

Lenoir City single mother fundraising after insurance won’t pay for proton therapy cancer treatment

LENOIR CITY (WATE) – A single mother with four kids says she is at a crossroads after her insurance provider refused to cover her treatment.

Marla Cortez, 42, has an aggressive form of breast cancer, located right next to her heart and lung. Her oncology team prescribed proton radiation therapy, but unfortunately her insurance won’t cover the treatment. Cortez said she has appealed Aetna Insurance four times, but her only recourse is to pay $75,000 out of pocket.

“It’s very frustrating. You talk to everyone and they say tell you this is what you...

Kentucky Family Seeks Out Proton Therapy in Knoxville

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As with all of her  children, it was when Linda Ferrell saw  the  first image  of her tiny daughter that it felt like she was really hers. That initial connection came not through a sonogram but a photograph of her fourth child, Emma, who made her entrance into the family from China a few months later.

“The picture is what’s pretty amazing,” says Linda Ferrell. “It was love at first sight.” Fifteen-month-old Emma joined a seven-year-old sister, also from China, plus two older...

Provision's proton center treats 500th patient

By Carly Harrington | Knoxville News Sentinel 4:00 PM, Jul 9, 2015

When Lou Lovingood, a 63-year-old grandmother from Sweetwater, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, she didn't shed a tear.

Those came, she said, after receiving the first letter from her insurance company denying coverage for proton therapy, a type of radiation treatment that targets a specific location while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue and organs.

"It was the first time I had cried after all of this, after I got my first denial," said Lovingood, who has now been denied twice...

Men should have open dialogue about screening, treatment for prostate cancer

By Michaela Gibson Morris | Daily Journal

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Prostate cancer survivor Dick Guyton anticipates he’ll be taking care of business for a long time. The 75-year-old executive director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace will mark the one-year anniversary of completion of his cancer treatment next week.

“It was scary, and it scared me,” Guyton said.

But after being diagnosed in May 2013, Guyton found a way to get past his fear and find the best treatment option for him. After careful research...

Letter to the Editor - Knoxville Lucky to have Proton Therapy

Letter to the Editor June 16, 2015

Knoxville lucky to have proton therapy 

The Provision Center for Proton Therapy at Dowell Springs off Middlebrook Pike is a feather in our collective cap. We should be aware of what an honor it is to have one of the 14 such centers operating in the nation. I understand that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is changing to proton therapy for its patients. In this day of Internet research, we can easily educate ourselves and be our own advocates...

Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment Center Planned for Middle Tennessee

Knoxville, TN (May 27,2015)—Knoxville-based Provision partners with Olympian to bring the Scott Hamilton Proton Therapy Center to Middle Tennessee.

An application for a certificate of need was approved unanimously (9-0) today by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency for the development of Tennessee’s third proton therapy cancer treatment center.  Provision Trust, Inc. and the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation are planning to develop and operate the first Scott Hamilton Proton Therapy Center in the United States in the city of Franklin in Williamson County. 

The $109 million not-for-profit center will be open...

Center for Biomedical Research partners with new Florida proton center in clinical registry

Knoxville, TN (May 21,2015)—The Center for Biomedical Research is partnering with the world’s newest proton therapy center as part of a clinical meta-registry for clinical outcomes and long-term follow-up of cancer patients receiving proton therapy.

Ackerman Cancer Center has joined the registry study developed and managed by the  Center for Biomedical Research in collaboration with the Provision Center for Proton Therapy. The registry study meets all guidelines as outlined in the AHRQ’s guidelines for Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes. “With the PRO 0425 study, we are collecting...

Provision First Proton Therapy Center Using New Product to Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients

Knoxville, TN (April 7, 2015) — Provision Center for Proton Therapy is helping pioneer a new product that will help further protect prostate cancer patients from the effects of radiation therapy. Today, four patients were injected with SpaceOAR® hydrogel, the first product in the United States cleared just last week as a spacer to protect the rectum in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The SpaceOAR System is intended to temporarily position the anterior rectal wall away from the prostate during radiotherapy for prostate cancer, creating space to protect the rectum from radiation exposure. Provision is the...

Provision Healthcare and Tianjin Taishan Cancer Hospital Partner to Develop Proton Center in China

Knoxville, TN—Provision Healthcare has signed a joint agreement with the Tianjin Taishan Cancer Hospital (International Personalized Cancer Center, “IPCC”) in northern China to build the first and only proton therapy center in the free trade zone and develop a training facility for medical providers as part of the company’s global expansion strategy.

The $100 million (USD) center will be jointly owned and operated by Provision and Tianjin hospital and named the TAEA Sino-US Proton Treatment and Research Center. ProNova Solutions, Provision’s R&D and manufacturing business, will manufacture and outfit the center’s three...

Prostate Cancer Survivor Advocates Legislation to Help Others Receive Life-Saving Proton Treatment

If Don Denton had followed the advice of the urologist who diagnosed his prostate cancer in the fall of 2010, his life would have turned out much differently.

And if by some chance he were still alive, he would likely be incontinent, impotent and awaiting the very real possibility of the cancer recurring. In other words, his quality of life would be so dramatically diminished it might hardly seem worth the struggle. But Denton had a lot to live for, and he would be the first to tell you he didn’t like the doctor’s odds. So...

100th Patient Treated at Provision Center for Proton Therapy

100th Patient Treated at Provision Center for Proton Therapy Tennessee’s Only Proton Center Has Treated Patients From 11 States, Mexico & Brazil

Knoxville, Tenn. (August 7, 2014) - - The Provision Center for Proton Therapy, Tennessee’s first and only proton therapy treatment facility, celebrated the treatment of its 100th patient today.  Located in Knoxville on the Dowell Springs medical campus, the first patient was treated back in January with this revolutionary and accurate cancer treatment available at only in a handful of cities in the U.S. 

Mr. Marshall Munro from Kingsport,...

Challenge: Curing Cancer with Proton Vision and Solution

Call it a tale of two cities, if you're into cliche's. The weather was rainy that day. The events - one loud, one quiet - foreshadowed the future of precision treatment for cancer. 

In one city, population over 182,200, there was a celebratory atmosphere. The Provision Center for Proton Therapy was holding its official grand opening under a huge tent to keep out the elemtns. In keeping with the revival-like gathering, a ringing of the Victory Bell closed the ceremony in honor of cancer survivors. 

In another city, population over 8,570, there was no celebration,...

Proton Center Draws Hundreds to Ribbon Cutting

Terry Douglass, founder of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy, said Wednesday the organization would continue to fight for insurance coverage for all Tennessee residents.

His comment, made at an official ribbon cutting and grand opening, was in reference to a controversial bill Provision tried to get passed, requiring insurance companies to cover the proton therapy cancer treatment.

Douglass emphasized Provision’s 501c3 not-for-profit status, calling the facility “a gift to the community.”

Terry Douglass, founder of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy, said Wednesday the organization would continue to fight for insurance...

Provision Center for Proton Therapy celebrates grand opening in Knoxville

The event was billed as the grand opening of the $115 million Provision Center for Proton Therapy.

It was that, complete with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, but the gathering at the Dowell Springs Business Park in Knoxville on Wednesday was more like a revival.

The big tent erected in the parking lot in front of Tennessee's first and only proton therapy treatment center held 600 chairs. Row by row, the temporary space was packed with people. Standing guests lined the walls that offered protection from the wind and rain that couldn't dampen the enthusiasm inside.


Gold Standard: Cat genset a slam dunk for proton therapy center

As the first facility of its kind to offer proton therapy in the state of Tennessee, the Provision Center for Proton Therapy provides some of the most advanced cancer treatment in the world.

With the capacity to treat up to 1,000 patients each year, the new 90,000-square foot facility at the Dowell Springs healthcare campus in Knoxville includes three rooms with the latest proton therapy treatment equipment. 

Joe Hamby was one of the first three patients to undergo the non-invasive treatment. "I researched it and knew I wanted proton therapy," said Hamby, who is from...

Dayton Man Fights For Proton Therapy Treatment

Bryan Massengale lives in the home where he grew up, nestled on the family farm in Daytona, Tenn. Known as Massengale Dairy Farms before Massengale's father passed away, it is listed as Tennessee Century Farm, meaning that it has been owned by the same family for more than 100 Years. And two years ago, that farm saved Massengale's life.

Massengale has been the band director at Rhea Middle School for 30 years. Now 55, three years ago Massengale visited his doctor for a routine check-up and received some troubling news. 

His prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test...

Dr. Allen G. Meek Named to Prestigious 2014 Best Doctors in America List

Allen G. Meek, M.D. has been named one of the Best Doctors in America® for 2014. The prestigious recognition marks the 10th time that he has earned this honor (from 2005-2014).  Dr. Meek is a board certified radiation oncologist with Provision Radiation Therapy and medical director of Provision Medical Group.

The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup® results from exhaustive polling of more than 45,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a...

Primed For Growth: ET seen as fertile ground for medical device innovation

By: Carly Harrington

A valve system that helps regulate fluid in the brain. A probe developed to assist in removal of scar tissue in the eye. A nucear imaging test that corrects for motion in humans and small animals. 

These are among an increasing number of medical device innovations being developed in East Tennessee, an area some say is well-positioned for growth in the development and commercialization of such technologies.

The topic was the first in a three-part series for launch Tennessee's Venture Match Program held last week at the Provision Center...

Victory Bell rings at Provision

By: Shannon Carey

Three resonant peals from the Victory Bell rang through the lobby at Provision Center for Proton Therapy Feb. 24. 

They kept sounding over the applause of the gathering staff and well-wishers, announcing the good news: Rex Ward has completed his treatment. 

He is one of the first patients to complete proton therapy at the new facility. Rex was in high spirits, shaking hands and cracking jokes, grinning from ear to ear, his wife, Deanna, by his side. Rex said upbeat music is always playing during treatments at Provision, but...

American Cancer Society awards Provision 2014 Hope Award

Cancer Society honors five with Hope Award

By: Mike Blackerby

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hope has been Bonnie Hufford’s resonant theme since she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that attacks the blood and bones. Doctors told Hufford in 2009 that her cancer was already in Stage 3, with 3 being the worst. With few drugs available at the time to treat her cancer, Hufford was given a life expectancy of just two to three years.  But hope prevailed as Hufford beat the odds.

Today, Hufford,...

Provision Treats First Proton Therapy Patients in Tennessee

Provision Treats First Proton Therapy Patients in Tennessee

Prostate Cancer Patients Among the First to Receive Advanced, Less Invasive Treatment Knoxville, Tenn. (January 20, 2014) - - Three prostate cancer patients were among the first to receive proton therapy in the state of Tennessee today. Provision Center for Proton Therapy, located in Knoxville, treated its first patients with this revolutionary and accurate cancer treatment available at only in a handful of cities in the U.S.

Two Knoxvillians and one patient from North Carolina underwent proton therapy at the Dowell Springs campus at Tennessee’s first and...

Proton therapy center treats first patients this week

By Carly Harrington Saturday, January 18, 2014

Photo by Michael Patrick

When Joe Hamby was diagnosed with prostate cancer early last year, the owner of a medical staffing firm started doing his research. He talked with his doctor, searched the Internet and went to a support group for prostate cancer survivors.

“It seemed like the ones smiling the most were the ones who had gone through proton therapy,” he recalled. “This approach seemed to be the option with the fewest complications and the highest success rate.”

At the time of his...

Provision Center for Proton Therapy Responds to the L.A. Times and the Wall Street Journal Articles

The Provision Center for Proton Therapy Response to the L.A. Times Article Dated August 28, 2013 and the Wall Street Journal Article of August 29, 2013 on Health Insurer Payment Policies for Proton Therapy – August 30, 2013

Articles in the week of August 26, 2013 in the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal concerning recent coverage changes by health insurance providers for proton therapy raised questions about the efficacy and cost effectiveness for treating prostate cancer.   We believe these changes are short sighted and without merit and will provide the basis for our opinion below.

The information used...

Proton Therapy Community Responds to GAO Report on Prostate Cancer

Calls on Doctors to Fully Inform Patients

Washington, DC, August 7, 2013 -- "A new report from the General Accounting Office (GAO) confirms the need for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients to be certain that their doctors explain all of their treatment options, including proton therapy," says Leonard Arzt, Executive Director of the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT). The report, "Higher Use of Costly Prostate Cancer Treatment by Providers Who Self Refer Warrants Scrutiny," reveals that physicians who self-referred prostate cancer patients in 2009 were 53% more likely to refer for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and less likely to refer...

Niek Schreuder Joins Provision Center for Proton Therapy as VP & Chief Medical Physicist

Niek Schreuder, M.Sc. DABR, a board-certified medical physicist with significant experience in all aspects of proton beam radiotherapy, has joined the Provision Center for Proton Therapy as vice president and chief medical physicist.

Most recently, Schreuder served as chief medical physicist and senior vice president of medical physics and technology at ProCure Treatment Centers in Bloomington, Indiana.  During his more than 22 years as a medical physicist, he has gained vast experience in project management, research and development and clinical training.  He is considered one of the foremost medical physics pioneers in the...

Proton Power: Dr. Marcio Fagundes Explains Proton Therapy to Farragut Chamber

Dr. Marcio Fagundes, a board certified radiation oncologist, believes in the power of proton therapy and is sharing both his knowledge and his passion with the Knoxville community.

Fagundes, medical director of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy and a physician with Provision Medical Group, spoke to a packed room on July 23 as the keynote speaker for the Farragut West Knox Chamber Speaker’s Breakfast.

He explained the benefi ts of proton therapy over conventional radiation therapy and outlined how the Provision Center for Proton Therapy will work when it opens in 2014.


Dr. Marcio Fagundes Speaks at Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Marcio Fagundes, board certified radiation oncologist and medical director of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy, recently spoke to a sold-out crowd at the West Knox Farragut Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast on Tuesday, July 23.

Dr. Fagundes educated the group of business leaders on the benefits of proton therapy, how it differs from conventional radiation therapy, and the treatments that will be available starting next year right here in Knoxville at Tennessee’s first and only proton therapy center.

View the videos below to see the local media's coverage of the event.


Former Olympian Scott Hamilton Joins Provision Center for Proton Therapy Board

Former figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton has joined the Provision Center for Proton Therapy board of directors.

A cancer and brain tumor survivor who lives in Nashville with his family, Hamilton has been advocate for cancer research and treatment.

He is a spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and the founder of the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, which, along with his 4th Angel Mentoring Program, will be implemented in Knoxville.

“This was a natural fit for us. We’re really excited about having someone who’s...

Provision Center for Proton Therapy Names Medical Director

The Provision Center for Proton Therapy announced today it has named Marcio Fagundes, M.D., as medical director. A board-­‐certified radiation oncologist, he comes to Knoxville from the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City where he has practiced proton therapy and conducted significant research. He will start his new role on July 15.

“The addition of Dr. Fagundes as medical director is another important step in building our team of proton therapy experts,” said Mary Lou DuBois, President of Provision Center for Proton Therapy. “He is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced radiation oncologist and will be...

Officials Celebrate Construction of Proton Therapy Center

After years of dreaming of bringing proton therapy treatment for cancer to East Tennessee, local businessman Terry Douglass and his team at Provision Health Alliance celebrated Friday the start of construction on a $119 million facility in Dowell Springs. Dozens of elected and community leaders gathered to mark the occasion, which Douglass said was a tribute to all involved.

“It’s not about me,” Douglass said. “It’s really about taking the gifts and the resources we’ve been given, including the team that we’ve got which is fantastic and putting something together that we can share...


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