Executive Director Message

Numbers like 99 percent, 94 percent and even 74 percent when placed in context can tell a great story. In this case, they tell the story of thousands of men who have been cured of prostate cancer with proton therapy at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute since 2006. These numbers represent the excellent outcomes for low-risk, intermediate-risk and high-risk prostate cancer patients treated five years or longer ago at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute who are today cancer-free.

The story is just as impressive for the excellent quality of life men have following proton therapy for prostate cancer. Less than one percent of men experienced bowel function issues and less than three percent experienced urinary function issues. These numbers tell the story of thousands of men who go on to live life as usual with no lasting problems caused by their treatment.

We are proud to tell this story. We are proud to help our patients go on to live life to the fullest.

Men Wear Gowns, Too

Men Wear Gowns Too - Tim Deegan
First Coast News chief meteorologist Tim Deegan

“Sometimes men have to wear gowns,” says chief meteorologist Tim Deegan of First Coast News in a new promotion called Men Wear Gowns, Too. Early detection is an important part of success in treating and curing many kinds of illness. It’s a reminder to men to take an active role in their health by having regular preventive screenings for prostate cancer and other health conditions.

We are partnering with First Coast News to get the word out that health screenings are not just a concern for women, it’s important for men, too. Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute medical director, was interviewed about men’s health and prostate cancer screenings. She said men need to take responsibility for their health and actively seek the best treatment options for their diagnosis.

Dr. Mendenhall went on to explain that prostate cancer when caught early has the best chance for cure. With proton therapy, the five-year prostate cancer patient outcomes are excellent according to a UF Health Proton Therapy Institute study published earlier this year. When looking at the five-year results of more than 1,300 men, the cancer-free rates are 99 percent for low-risk, 94 percent for intermediate-risk and 74 percent for high-risk prostate cancer.

Look for Dr. Mendenhall’s interview on First Coast Living, broadcast on WTLV NBC 12/WJXX ABC 25, Friday, Sept. 16 or online at firstcoastnews.com.

Survivor Spotlight: Alex Barnes

By Theresa Makrush

First United Kingdom patient now eight years cancer-free 

Patients travel from around the globe to UF Health Proton Therapy Institute for cancer treatment that is not available in their home countries. From the early days to the present day, people seek the expert medical team and cutting-edge technology at the Institute to give them the best chance for cure with the least risk of developing side effects. It is why Rosalie Barnes brought her four-year-old son Alex in 2008 all the way from the United Kingdom, the first patient from the UK treated at the Institute.

Watch Alex’s story:



Words of Celebration

Words of Celebration ArtIt has been a wonderful decade full of growth, happiness and life-changing health care for the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. To keep the excitement and festivities going, our patients have been hard at work creating another art gallery exhibit to mark the occasion. The focus of the exhibit – words. Something as simple as a kind word can make a positive imprint on someone’s life forever. Words have power and patients are using them to inspire, support and demonstrate joy for our anniversary celebration. The new exhibit, "Words of Celebration," is now up for viewing.

We’d love to hear what words of celebration you have to inspire, support and celebrate. Share your word with us on our Facebook (@FloridaProton) or Twitter page (@UFProtonTherapy).

Words of Celebration Art Work


Helping kids kick cancer

Subway Helping Kids Kick Cancer Promotion

Since 2011, Subway restaurants in Savannah and Macon, Georgia, have set up an in-store fundraiser called The Children Fund to support our pediatric program. Customers were encouraged to donate one dollar toward the cause in return for a discounted meal. This year, The Children Fund has raised more than $9,000.

Children deserve the chance to enjoy life — even though they have been diagnosed with cancer. Through Subway’s Children Fund campaign, more than $40,000 has been donated to help support this mission and provide funding for our world-renowned Child Life program, family fun nights, transportation, artist and art supplies and more.

We’d like to say a special thank you to Savannah and Macon Subway restaurants and to all who participated. Your donations will help children fight cancer and have a better quality of life.

Teeing up to fight cancer

12th Annual Play Golf. Fight Cancer.®Join the fellowship and fun of the 12th Annual Play Golf. Fight Cancer.® Classic. UF Health Proton Therapy Institute’s primary fundraising event is Oct. 9-10, 2016, at The World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla. There’s still time to register to play and to sponsor the annual tournament and festivities that provide crucial support for research efforts at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.

The event kicks off with a dinner and silent auction on Sunday, Oct. 9. For all who register as a player, you automatically have a ticket to the dinner. However, tickets to attend just the dinner and silent auction are also available for those who do not wish to play golf.

The golf tournament will be played Monday, Oct. 10, on both of the official courses of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The King & Bear is a course that has the distinction of being the only design collaboration between namesakes Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus. The Slammer & Squire is a championship resort course designed by Bobby Weed with consultants Sam “The Slammer” Snead and Gene “The Squire” Sarazen.

Your support ensures the continued growth of our clinical research program, gathering the data that is necessary to advance the understanding of proton therapy. A special thanks to our anniversary sponsors IBA, .decimal and Shepherd.

Please join us in support of proton therapy research and register today at www.playgolffightcancer.org.

Or to donate or support the cause in some other way, if you are not available for the event, please contact the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute:


Health Fairs To Kick Off 10th Anniversary Celebration

UF Health Proton Therapy Institute 10 Year LogoAs part of the 10-year anniversary of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, we’re throwing health fairs to celebrate your continued health and the advancement of proton therapy. Admission is free. Each event will include fun games and prizes, massages, information on living a healthy lifestyle from a number of community resources and UF Health representatives, and how and why clinical research plays an important role at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Each event will have opportunities to raise support for these research efforts.

All alumni, family and friends are invited to attend. The next health fairs are scheduled for November 17, 2016, and January 26, 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on the Jacksonville Riverfront.


About This Newsletter

The Precision Newsletter is an electronic-only publication that is distributed by email. Each issue is sent monthly to patients, alumni patients and friends of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. As the official newsletter of the Institute, the content is compiled and prepared by our communications representative and approved by the editor Stuart Klein, executive director of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Special bulletin newsletters may occasionally be prepared when timely topics and new developments in proton therapy occur. If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please click here.


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