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UFHPTI Announces New Director of Physics

The University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute (UFHPTI) announced the conclusion of its national search for a Director of Physics on June 14, 2021. Perry Johnson, Ph.D., who previously served as interim director, has been selected as permanent UFHPTI Director of Physics. Dr. Johnson (right) will manage and oversee…

Dr. Fantine Giap Receives LEAD Resident Award

Fantine Giap, MD, a Third Year UF Radiation Oncology Resident (right), has received the April 2021 LEAD Resident Award, which recognizes a resident’s commitment to exemplary service, evident in their daily patient, peer, and interprofessional interactions. A resident award recipient is nominated by nurse colleagues based on…

‘Does Cancer Care Inspire Great Writing?’

To answer this question, WebMD’s news outlet MedScape recently pointed to an article by Assistant Professor Kathryn E. Hitchcock, MD, PhD (right) entitled “Knuckles.” Dr. Hitchcock’s timely and thoughtful essay, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), looks at bias and tolerance through the lens of the physician-patient relationship.

Unique Team-Based Cancer Research Training Program Awarded NCI Grant

A new, team-based cancer research training program developed by Radiation Oncology faculty has been awarded an NIH/NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant. Based on the premise that advances in fundamental understanding of cancer and its clinical management rarely occur in isolation, the Team-based Interdisciplinary Cancer…

Study of Innovative Cancer Radiation Response Blood Test Opens at UF

While radiation is required by 70 percent of cancer patients, there is currently no reliable methodology for determining its adverse effects during treatment. A clinical study at UF is aiming to change this. Blood specimens are being collected and analyzed from up to 500 patients undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer…

Jessica Kirwan Receives UFHCC, College of Medicine Awards

The achievements of Jessica Kirwan, Assistant Director of Research for the UF Department of Radiation Oncology, were recognized by both the College of Medicine and the UF Health Cancer Center (UFHCC) in January and February. During the UFHCC annual Cheers to the New Year online ceremony on January 12, 2021,…

New Maverick Study Examines Outcomes for Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients

The UF Department of Radiation Oncology has opened a new clinical trial aimed at testing whether the use of brain scans alone – instead of brain scans plus preventive brain radiation – affects lifespan in patients with small cell lung cancer. Sponsored by the Southwest Oncology…

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