June is Cancer Survivor Month. According to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), more than 16.9 million people in the United States are cancer survivors who are living with, through, and beyond their disease.
A few of our past patients reflect on their survivorship and what is most important to them: Ben Smith, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute’s first patient treated with proton therapy in 2006, says that life is about celebration and adventure.
For Lee Moultrie III, 65, it’s all about recovery after his treatment. He looks forward to mowing the lawn or heading to the gym – any activity that keeps him active. One of the most important parts of his recovery is advocating for proton therapy and reaching people of color in their communities where he hopes to help those in need navigate the healthcare system.
In an interview on First Coast Living (WTLV/WJXX) in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, medical director of the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute and Assistant Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Florida, shares how proton therapy is improving cancer patients’ long-term survival.