Executive Director Message - November 2022

Breast cancer treatment and research is a significant area of focus for us at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. For more than 10 years, our team of breast cancer specialists, including physicians, nurses, physicists, radiation therapists and dosimetrists, has cared for hundreds of people with breast cancer.

UF Health and UF Health Proton Therapy Institute Collaborate to Offer Patients World-Class Breast Cancer Care

For over a decade, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute has treated patients with proton therapy for breast cancer.

Survivor Spotlight:

Elaine Carter – Her Decision to Have Proton Therapy for Cancer in the Left Breast

A year ago, Elaine Carter was faced with a decision. A regular screening mammogram led to a diagnosis of breast cancer in her left breast.

Survivor Spotlight:

Maureen “Moe” LaTour – Nurse Chooses Proton Therapy for High-Risk Breast Cancer Treatment

When she was diagnosed with high-risk breast cancer in 2017, Maureen “Moe” LaTour had an advantage. She had nearly 40 years of experience as a nurse.

Survivor Spotlight:

Allison Kijek – Her Search for the Best Breast Cancer Treatment Led to Proton Therapy

An on-the-go military spouse and mom, Allison Kijek is used to keeping her options open. So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, she researched and got a second opinion.

UF Radiation Oncology Breast Team Launches MyRiskBreastCancer.Com

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October, the University of Florida Radiation Oncology Breast team launched a website and app to help individuals assess their risk of developing breast cancer.

UF Health and the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute Attend Community Events to Educate the Public About Breast Cancer Awareness

During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute actively participated in community events. Here are some of the highlights.

News Brief Roundup

Catch up on news and developments at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.


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.

Proton Therapy for Cancer Treatment – Altrusa International Club of Ocala
Thursday, January 12, 2023 @ 12 - 1pm

Presentation by: Christina Mershell, Business Development Coordinator

The Braised Onion, 754 NE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL

Join us to learn about proton therapy radiation and how this cancer treatment option is harder on cancer and easier on you. 

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

Complex Cases in Breast Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Discussion
Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 12:15 - 1:15pm

Free Continuing Medical Education (CME) Event

Online via Zoom

Join us as our panel of experts from UF Health Proton Therapy Institute and UF Health Jacksonville come together to discuss some of the most complex breast cancer cases they have seen and how they used the latest research to determine the recommended course of treatment for each patient. Registration is required. CME credits available for healthcare professionals.

To Register and 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.