I like to think of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute employees as family members, and there are many of our family members who are behind the scenes helping to make the Institute run smoothly. Last week we unfortunately lost one of our most highly valued family members.
On November 15, 2018, my husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I, of course, went online and this is one of the first sentences I saw: “Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide.” It was not a good day.
Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiotherapy that can deliver targeted radiation and reduce the impact of curative treatment on normal, healthy lungs and heart tissue and improve the quality of life and long-term survival of esophageal cancer patients.
“The Force” was with five-year-old Lila Everest as she rang Aud’s Chime March 21 signifying her successful mission to complete 30 proton therapy sessions for a brain tumor.