Radiation oncologist joins the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute

August 1, 2009

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute has added Natalie Xu, M.D., to its premiere team of physicians.

Xu, a radiation oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Florida, treats patients with cancers of the prostate, breast, head and neck, lung and digestive and reproductive systems. Xu completed her residency in radiation oncology at Emory University, where she served as senior resident.

She is active in cancer research, participating in cooperative group trials, conducting clinical research and presenting findings at peer-reviewed conferences such as the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology and the American Society of clinical Oncology.

Among her clinical research are studies on the quality of life for prostate cancer patients following treatment and survival rates for prostate patients.

"This is an exciting opportunity to work at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute because proton therapy is the forefront of technology in the field of radiation oncology," Xu said. "With improvements of technology, we've been able to spare side effects without compromising cure and chance of increasing disease control, and I'm excited to see this constant focus on research to find better methods of therapy."

UF Proton Therapy Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization affiliated with the UF College of Medicine, dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art cancer treatment and setting new standards for treating and curing the disease. The cancer treatment facility houses both conventional radiation and proton therapy, and delivers proton therapy to 100 patients a day. For more information about UF Proton Therapy Institute, please visit www.floridaproton.org, or call toll-free 877-686-6009.


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