Cancer Research on the First Coast: Making an Impact

The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute has six original articles reporting patient outcomes following proton therapy for five types of cancers featured in The International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, the premiere radiation oncology journal.

The significance of this research shows that proton therapy is delivering on its promise – meeting or exceeding standard cure rates, often with a reduced risk of side effects – and further demonstrates the institute’s cutting-edge expertise and knowledge on cancer research.

“Our primary missions at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute are clinical care and clinical research. Our purpose is to give patients the best quality cancer treatment. Careful planning and attention to detail goes into every single patient treatment, beginning with the development of treatment protocols and clinical trials. We invest heavily in research because we want to see a day when all patients with cancer are cured and none are burdened with side effects of treatment,” said UF Health Proton Therapy Institute Medical Director Nancy P. Mendenhall, MD. 

The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization affiliated with the UF College of Medicine and the UF Health Cancer Center, is one of the many leading health care organizations found in Northeast Florida and currently has 22 active clinical trials and 98 percent of adult patients participating.

Northeast Florida’s world-class health care system and related industries are becoming well known within the global health sector.