New Treatment Center In Atlanta Opening Fall 2018 For Cancer Patients

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - by Linda Deffenbaugh

This past week both John and I toured the new Emory Proton Therapy Center in Atlanta. This facility will be the first of its kind in Georgia to offer patients access to a new, state-of-the-art form of radiation therapy.

Proton therapy uses accelerated particles (protons) to precisely treat cancerous tumors within the body. Proton therapy can be more precise than conventional forms of radiation treatment, delivering an exact, high dose of radiation to a tumor site while sparing surrounding healthy tissue and organs from damage. This FDA-approved therapy is used to treat adult and pediatric cancers including those with tumors in the brain, eye, head and neck, lung, spine, breast or prostate. Proton therapy has the potential reduction in many of the usual side effects of standard x-ray radiation.

The facility is three stories and 108,000 square feet. Approximate cost is $200 million. The Emory Proton Therapy Center is 10 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and just minutes from I-75/85 with convenient covered parking attached to the building. This is the only proton center in Georgia and one of only a few in the entire southeastern United States. There are approximately 25 proton treatment centers in the U.S. and more than 50 worldwide.

Currently, referring physicians and patients with questions about proton therapy and its appropriateness for their particular cancer can schedule a consultation with a Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (Winship) radiation oncology physician expert. Visit the Winship website or call 404-778-3473

 


CHI Memorial Mammography Health Coach To Visit Hamilton County

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings at Radiant Beauty Salon, 603 MLK Blvd. in Chattanooga, on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; at New United Missionary Baptist Church, 2629 Tunnel Blvd. in Chattanooga, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m.; at CHI Memorial Community Health, 3905 Hixson Pike in Hixson, on Friday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-noon; and ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Residents Show Off Their Team Pride For Football Season

Football season is in full swing, and no one is more passionate about the sport than the residents of Morning Pointe of Hixson. Although they might disagree over which team is number one, everyone at the senior living community celebrates their love of football together.   “Here at Morning Pointe of Hixson, football season is a big deal! All week long, residents and associates ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Airport Has Biggest Month Yet; Work May Start Next Year On Parking Deck With 1,300 Spaces

The Chattanooga Airport set a record in September with 44,000 enplanements, the highest ever for one month. This was an increase of nine percent over September 2017, and deplanements were in line, said Terry Hart president and CEO. He said that more parking is needed near the terminal to keep up with the growth. The 20-year master plan includes a parking deck with around 1,300 ... (click for more)

Driver Of Silverado Dies In Early Morning Wreck On Champion Road

The driver of a vehicle that wrecked on Champion Road early Tuesday morning was dead at the scene. At approximately 4:30 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 5500 block of Champion Road for a traffic crash with entrapment.  Upon arrival deputies found a gray 2000 Chevrolet Silverado on its side off the road in the trees. The driver ... (click for more)

Why Are Joda Thongnopnua And Phil Bredesen Downplaying Their Democratic Values?

For the past several months, the Democratic Party has reached a tipping point. “Their Resistance” is to oppose anything and everything Republicans are doing to deliver a stronger economy and better economic opportunities for all Americans.  Yet, I find it very interesting that the public outcry we are seeing from the Democrats on a national level is nowhere to be found when ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s ‘Tennessee Week’

For over 50 years I have heard the line, “There are two things you must never do on ‘The Third Saturday of October.’ You mustn’t ever marry and try not to die because, in either case, the preacher won’t show up.” He’ll be watching “The Game.” Ever since Oct 18, 1901, Tennessee and Alabama have been going at it and that inaugural game set the tone as well as the standard for all ... (click for more)