LOMA LINDA, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Five faculty members from Loma Linda University Medical Center’s (LLUMC) James M. Slater, M.D., Proton Treatment and Research Center were among a select group of physicians who shared groundbreaking research on the efficacy of proton therapy at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The world’s premier radiation oncology society, ASTRO comprises more than 10,000 physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other healthcare professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation. All share the commitment to advancing the science of radiation oncology.
“The ongoing study of proton therapy helps to enhance patient care and furthers the technology as the premier radiation treatment for cancer and other select diseases,” said Jerry D. Slater, M.D., chairman of the department of radiation medicine at LLUMC. “We are proud that so many of our physicians and researchers who are proactively studying ways to improve delivery of proton therapy and further strengthen its effectiveness were invited to present their findings at this important conference.”
Following are briefs about the presentations delivered at ASTRO by LLUMC faculty:
In addition to the lectures and poster presentations, LLUMC faculty members were invited to participate in educational activities. In one of them Dr. Baldev Patyal offered a teaching session about proton therapy physics. In another, Dr. Yang served as moderator for the gastrointestinal oral scientific session that examined how radiation doses affect gastrointestinal malignancies. Dr. Yang, as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology, also presided at a booth where he met and consulted with research colleagues from around the world.
About the James M. Slater, M.D., Proton Treatment and Research Center
Established in 1990, the Proton Treatment and Research Center was the first hospital-based proton therapy center in the world. Today the center uses proton beam technology for many types of cancers and has treated more patients than any other proton treatment center worldwide. The center is part of LLUMC’s comprehensive health system, which is widely respected as a healthcare leader and has pioneered work in such areas as organ transplants, cardiac care, physical rehabilitation, and acute pediatric and adult care as well as treatments for chemical dependence and other behavioral disorders. The health system – which includes Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, LLUMC – East Campus, Behavioral Medicine Center, Heart and Surgical Hospital, LLUMC-Murrieta and physician clinics – collectively sees over 30,000 inpatients and about 750,000 outpatient visits a year. Visit us online at www.lomalindahealth.org.