Proton Therapy

The South Florida Proton Therapy Institute (SFPTI) is a radiation oncology center that opened in 2018 on the campus of Delray Medical Center. The addition of the Center further expands to level of comprehensive oncology services at Delray.

Proton EdgeLed by Medical Director Tim R. Williams, M.D. and featuring some of the most innovative technology available, SFPTI provides those in Palm Beach County and the surrounding communities with a tremendous new resource in the fight against cancer.

We treat a variety of cancers using traditional X-ray radiation therapy, which directs photon beams to a tumor through the body’s surface. We administer treatments using the TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System, which is manufactured by Varian and considered one of the most effective tools in the fight against cancer.

Beginning in summer 2019, SFPTI will have the ability to treat patients with the ProBeam® Compact single-room proton therapy solution from Varian. The ProBeam® Compact allows us to take the next step in revolutionizing cancer care by delivering ultra-effective, high-quality proton therapy treatment plans.

By using proton therapy, we are able to better target and destroy cancer cells, while minimizing the risk to surrounding healthy cells and tissue. This approach is a true game-changer when it comes to treating cancer, and the results are remarkable.

Nearly all cancers — including lung, breast, prostate, head and neck — can be treated with X-ray radiation therapy if necessary.

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Get Early Cancer Screening Programs for Prevention

Most cancers start with abnormal cells growing out of control. Sometimes you will experience symptoms, but often you will not. That is why regular early cancer screening programs and self-examinations are so important. Finding and treating cancer in its earlier stages is much easier, and potentially life-saving, than waiting until the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

In 2017, there were an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the U.S. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. Screening tests are available for many forms of cancer, including colorectal, breast, cervical and prostate.

Early Cancer Screening Programs for Men and Women

Both men and women are encouraged to undergo colorectal cancer tests beginning at age 50 (or earlier if they have risk factors for developing the disease). Screening tests for colorectal cancer include:

  • Stool tests, which tests for blood in the stool
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy, which allows the doctor to check the rectum and lower part of the colon
  • CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy), which uses an X-ray to find abnormal spots
  • Colonoscopy, which allows the doctor to examine the entire colon

Screening for Women

 There is a current debate in the United States over the best time to begin screening mammograms for breast cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services (USPTF) has recommended that the biennial screening mammography for women should be done between the ages of 50 to 74 years. The recommendation among other health experts has not changed, including the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons.

They continue to recommend that women should begin having annual mammograms at age 40, or earlier if they are at higher risk. The decision about when to start regular, biennial screening mammography should be a result of your individual discussion with your physician. Monthly self exams help women know the normal state of their breasts.

Another screening recommended for women is a Pap test to detect pre-cancerous cells in the cervix or cervical cancer. The test should be done at least every three years between ages 21 and 29, and at least every five years from age 30 to 65. After age 65, women who have had normal results in the past may no longer need screenings. Treatment is available to prevent cervical cancer from developing or when it is found early.

Cancer Screening for Men

Men can be screened for prostate cancer as early as age 40 if they are at high risk for developing the disease. Having a first-degree relative with prostate cancer or being African-American may increase a man’s chances of having prostate cancer. Screening for the condition may include a digital rectal exam or a prostate-specific antigen blood test. Men also are encouraged to examine their testicles on a routine basis to check for testicular cancer. Any lump or swelling should be reported to a physician as soon as possible. Testicular cancer is not common, but it is one of the most treatable forms of cancer.

Screening recommendations can vary for different cancers and depend on the patient’s medical history, family history and lifestyle. Doctors may advise patients to be screened regularly or at a younger age if they are inactive, use tobacco products, drink alcohol or eat a high-fat diet. For more information about cancer screenings, talk with your doctor.

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