Executive Director Message - April/May 2022

Measuring progress is in our nature. As cancer researchers, we have a passion to make treatments better for patients. As radiation oncologists, nurses, radiation therapists, medical physicists and dosimetrists, we have a passion to create the best treatment plan customized for each patient.

Survivor Spotlight: Dacia Starratt

The moment she opened her UF Health patient portal in September 2021, Dacia Starratt said she knew it was cancer. The word carcinoma seemed to jump off the screen in the biopsy results report.

When prostate cancer returns after radical prostatectomy, proton therapy is an excellent treatment option

Surgery is a common treatment for localized prostate cancer that has not spread to other areas of the body, or metastasized.

Building Partnerships for Trust and Equity in Health Research

On November 17, Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, COMPPARE Principal Investigator, and Charles Griggs, Minority Engagement Group Coordinator, participated in a special panel discussion entitled “From Principles to Practice: Building Partnerships for Trust and Equity in Health Research”

Thank You for Your Ongoing Generosity

Thank you to those who participated in making the James M. Doss Foundation Challenge Grant a success. We superseded our goal and improvements are already underway for Phase I of our simulation suite renovation.


Community Calendar

Mark your calendar and join us when we are in a town near you or online.

For patient events at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, Go to For Patients & Families for details.

Cancer Resource Navigation Session
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 @ 10am - 2pm

Presented by: University of Florida Health Jacksonville Cancer Program

UF Health North, 15255 Max Leggett Parkway, Hematology and Oncology, Suite 6600, Jacksonville, FL 32218

If you have been newly diagnosed with cancer, or you are a cancer survivor, we are here to support you. Meet with UF Health experts and community partners to learn more about the resources available to you and your family. Information will be available on: community resources, massage therapy, nutrition services, palliative care, rehabilitation services, social services, spiritual care, transportation, cancer screenings and treatment options, including proton therapy.

For More Info: Contact Christina Mershell at (904) 831-4034 or education@floridaproton.org 


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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.