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Beaumont, Royal Oak breaks ground on Proton Therapy Center to treat cancer

Construction has begun on a new Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Hospital’s Cancer Institute in Royal Oak. Proton therapy is a newer, high-tech alternative to treating certain cancers. The benefits: a scanning beam of proton radiation with online image guidance offers greater precision to destroy cancerous cells, sparing healthy tissue with fewer side effects. This will be the first single-room proton treatment center of its kind in Michigan.

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10 Tips for Communicating with Someone Whose Brain is 'Sick'

(One of an occasional series on how to grow and maintain a healthy brain, from pregnancy through old age.) Some people with normal hearing can develop difficulty understanding what is said to them due to a brain injury, illness or dementia. The following ideas from Beaumont speech pathologist Susan Howell Brubaker can help enhance your

Imaging 101: A Primer on Ways Doctors 'Look' Inside the Body

When questions and answers and a physical exam aren't enough, your doctor may send you for an imaging procedure to have a "look" inside your body. Because the array of imaging techniques can seem like an unintelligible string of letters, Beaumont radiologist Shashin Doshi, M.D., offers the following primer: METHOD: MRI (magnetic

Social Worker Uses Sign Language and Videophone for Tele-Counseling

When social worker June Walatkiewicz of Beaumont Hospitals' Center for Human Development wants to talk with some of her clients, she turns to a television monitor in her office instead of her phone. That's because Walatkiewicz's TV monitor is equipped as a videophone, thanks to a VRS Sorenson system that's attached to it. With it, Walatkiewicz

Cancer Centers Add Kiosks for Information, Access

The cancer centers at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Troy will add touch-screen kiosks with information about the disease and related hospital services. The free-standing kiosks - which are at the center's entrances - will also enable the user to make an appointment with a Beaumont doctor on the spot during business hours. For appointment

Heart Surgeons Reduce Blood Loss with use of Advanced Bypass Technology

Advanced technology used by Beaumont Hospital cardiac specialists to temporarily stop the heart during surgery is resulting in reduced blood loss during bypass procedures. This is an important advancement for patients who may object to having a blood transfusion for religious reasons or out of fear of contracting a blood-borne illness, or for