HU Proton Therapy Institute To Host Free Seminar

Hampton, Va. – The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) will host a free informational seminar Tues., Jan. 29, at 6:00 pm, at HUPTI, 40 Enterprise Parkway in Hampton. The general public is encouraged to attend and learn about cancer prevention tips and proton therapy cancer treatment. Refreshments will be served.

Attendees will hear from members of the HUPTI medical staff and former proton therapy patients.

Proton therapy is regarded as the most precise form of cancer treatment available, as it targets and kills tumors with millimeter accuracy, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue, unlike conventional radiation therapy, which is especially important for pediatric patients.

“The physical characteristics of proton beam delivery allow us to target the tumor and conform the beam with greater avoidance to normal tissue than with conventional x-ray radiation (IMRT/photons),” said Allan Thornton, MD, HUPTI radiation oncologist.

“I have had no adverse side effects during or after my treatments,” said Thomas Hardy, a resident of Smithfield, Va. who was treated at HUPTI for prostate cancer. “This was the ideal treatment. In addition, this facility has a staff that I consider to be second to none. Their experience and expertise in handling patients is superb. I will forever remember and give thanks to Dr. Harvey for bringing this facility to us.”

Since HUPTI opened its doors in August of 2010, the facility has treated over 400 patients with prostate, breast, lung, brain, head and neck, pediatric and other cancers. “We have over 100 years of clinical proton therapy experience [at HUPTI],” said Thornton, who has over 20 years of experience in proton therapy having treated thousands of patients.

To register online for this event please visit http://www.hamptonproton.org/events. For more information or to register by phone, please call 757.251.6800.

About HUPTI
HUPTI is the eighth proton facility in the U.S. and the largest of its kind in the world. At full operation, HUPTI is expected to treat approximately 1,500 patients per year with prostate, breast, brain, lung, head and neck, pediatric and other cancers. The actual treatment of protons lasts less than two minutes. Patients are treated five days a week, from one to nine weeks.

For additional Information, please contact Sarita Scott at 757.251.6814 or sarita.scott@hamptonproton.org.