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Spring 2018

Radiation Oncology in the News

As image quality is critical to accurate contouring and treatment plans, Radiation Oncology was very pleased to announce the acquisition of the Philips CT Big Bore (shown above), which is slated to begin operation this summer.

Dr. Nancy P. Mendenhall, FASTRO, was awarded the 2018 Clinical Science Research Award during the College of Medicine Spring Faculty Appreciation Reception on April 4.

Current and former members of the Siemann Cancer Biology Lab made a total of six presentations at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Chicago, which took place April 14 – 18.

A Radiation Oncology research team has been approved for a five-year, $11.9 million award to directly compare the potential benefits and harms of proton therapy to standard radiation therapy when treating prostate cancer.

Learn more about what's happening at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute - including our large-scale pragmatic clinical study on prostate cancer - by clicking here.

Be a part of the Outcomes Tracking Seminar

The 48th University of Florida Radiation Oncology Outcomes Tracking Seminar took place at the Best Western Plus Gateway Grand, Gainesville, February 23-24. Visiting professor and keynote speaker was Dr. Silvia Chiara Formenti, Chairman of Radiation Oncology, Sandra and Edward Meyer Professor of Cancer Research, and Radiation Oncologist-in-Chief, Department of Radiation Oncology, NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Formenti discussed the contribution of the immune system to the in vivo effects of radiotherapy - research that has gained international attention. Read the full seminar program.

Alumni are cordially invited to next year's 49th Outcomes Tracking Seminar, which will take place February 22-23, 2019 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. The Seminar is an important venue that allows us to define optimal treatment approaches, produce the best plans, employ first-rate techniques, provide healing experiences for our patients, assess outcomes, and develop new treatment approaches. Keynote Speaker will be Dr. David E. Wazer. Be a part of this special event! To participate, contact Jessica Kirwan at (352) 265-8832.

Childhood cancer survivors are at risk of vasculopathy following cranial radiation therapy. UF Radiation Oncologists analyzed the records of 644 pediatric patients between 2006 and 2015 - read their abstract here.

Utilizing prospectively collected patient reported quality of life information along with PSAs, UF Radiation Oncology researchers also reviewed 254 consecutively treated men, age 60 and under, who were treated with proton therapy for their prostate cancer without any hormone therapy to determine whether proton therapy is an effective treatment with a favorable toxicity profile. Learn the results here.

UF Radiation Oncology alumni involvement drives our research. Opportunities for research collaborations abound within our department, one of the best academic radiation oncology programs in the country. Not only are we committed to superb patient care and excellence in research, teaching, and leadership, but our teams are creating disruptive technologies and pioneering treatments with global impact. 

We are seeking alumni interested in research, equipment, infrastructure, seed grants, and other Radiation Oncology-related projects. To find out more, visit our partnership page, or contact Diane Gebhardt, 352-265-8470, dgebhard@ufl.edu, or Carré Mitchell, Senior Director of Development, 352-273-9080, csaunders@ufl.edu.

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