Big news for Provision—and cancer patients!

Posted by on Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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Just four years after launching its research and development process, Provision Healthcare’s ProNova Solutions division has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its SC360 proton therapy system. This is the first and only compact 360 degree pencil beam scanning proton therapy system capable of treating patients at all angles without moving the patient, enabling the most efficient clinical workflows, improved accuracy of treatment, and patient comfort.

The first ProNova system is expected to be used for patient treatment at the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Knoxville, Tennessee next year.

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Provision welcomes new medical director

Posted by on Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Ben Wilkinson, M.D.

Dr. Ben Wilkinson is a radiation oncologist with experience in the field of proton therapy, both in his practice as a radiation oncologist and as part of clinical research studies exploring the benefits of protons in a variety of cancers.

He came to Provision Center for Proton Therapy from the Willis-Knighton Cancer and Proton Therapy Center in Shreveport, La., where he served as a radiation oncologist and assistant professor of radiation oncology for the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

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A Thanksgiving message from our founder

Posted by on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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This is an edited letter Provision founder and Chairman Terry Douglass sent to all Provision employees.  

A friend recently gave me a book for my birthday titled The Book of Joy, written based on conversations between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.  The promotional description of the book states:

“Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question:”

“How do we find joy in the fact of life’s inevitable suffering?”

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Say ‘no thanks’ to artificial sweeteners

Posted by on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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Part 2 of a two-part series on sugar and sugar substitutes.

Diet. Sugar-free. Low-calorie. These are the buzzwords you’ll find on drinks, desserts, drink mixes, cereals, breath mints, chewable vitamins, toothpaste, cough syrup, and other processed foods crowding grocery store shelves. Many people turn to artificial sweeteners trying to avoid extra calories and excess sugar.

BUT, and it’s a big one, just because calories are reduced doesn’t make them safe for consumption, and you will still be left craving more sweets. These products may contain aspartame, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), Stevia or sugar alcohols to name a few.

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VA program promotes treatment choice

Posted by on Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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When Ken Rainey decided he wanted to pursue proton therapy in lieu of conventional radiation for his throat cancer, he thought navigating his VA insurance would be tricky.

As it turned out, Rainey benefited from a program called Veterans Choice, which allows veterans who have significant wait times for treatment or live at some distance from appropriate treatment facilities to received care at a non-VA site of their choosing.

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Safe sugars: Is there such a thing?

Posted by on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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Part 1 of a 2-part series on sugar and sugar substitutes.

The holidays are quickly approaching! It starts with Halloween candy, then on to Thanksgiving and Christmas parties and beyond to New Year’s Day! My point is not how fast time is going, but what about our sugar intake? If we are trying to be healthy and EAT CLEAN, what does this mean about sugar in our food?

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Study proves proton therapy effective for breast cancer patients

Posted by on Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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With breast cancer getting lots of attention this time of year, women should know that research has shown patients experience excellent survival rates and cosmetic results with proton therapy.

Loma Linda University’s Proton Treatment and Research Center conducted the clinical trial on patients with early stage invasive (non lobular) breast cancer. The 2014 study, “Partial Breast Radiation Therapy With Proton Beam: 5-Year Results With Cosmetic Outcomes,” represents the most solid data set to date on proton therapy and breast cancer outcomes.

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