Low-dose proton beam therapy helps save pregnant doctor and her child

Stricken with a brain tumor while pregnant with her first child, pathologist Rhea Birusingh, MD, of Nemours Children’s Health System in Florida, is now alive, well, cancer-free—and happy to be watching her son grow as normal following a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Proton beam therapy was the saving technology. The site of the success was UF Health Cancer Center in Orlando, where Birusingh was the first patient to undergo the reduced-radiation treatment.

“Proton therapy really presents a pinnacle in terms of medical achievement,” Naren Ramakrishna, MD, PhD, told Fox News. “We’re using this technology to help people in a very direct and meaningful way.”

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