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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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Electrical Stimulation Helps Swallowing Problems, Facial Nerve Damage

Nerve damage after a 2008 accident while clearing downed trees from a windstorm left Karl Gubert with left-side facial weakness. His eyelid wouldn't close, his speech was slurred and he had difficulty swallowing. But the 21-year-old Metamora, Mich. man is back to college and his co-op job thanks in part to therapy that uses mild electrical

Beaumont Nurse Designs Patient Gown that Preserves Dignity, Gives Professionals Access

Mary Piraka, a nurse at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak (Mich.), always found it inconvenient to move the gowns on post-operative patients to check wound dressings or to make sure monitors were securely attached.  "With the gowns that patients wear, there is no easy way to access the body after an abdominal or chest surgery," she says.

Anti-Cancer Diet Class Gives Bite-by-Bite Instruction on Reducing Risk

Beaumont Hospital, Troy (Mich.) dietitian Betty Boscarino wants to help reduce your cancer risk - bite by bite. "Diet-related factors may account for up to 30 percent of all diagnosed cancer in the United States," says Boscarino. "And obesity may replace smoking as the No. 1 preventable cause of many cancers." Diet and

Part Game, Part Science, Interactive Technology Helps Patients Get Back in Swing of Things

Who says rehabilitation has to be all work and no play after an injury? Thanks to new state-of-art technology, Beaumont patients can speed their recovery with an interactive exercise machine called the Cybex Trazer. It has a game-like feel, complete with scoring and even trap doors. Therapists can also add virtual reality. Karen Guida, 60, of

Minimally Invasive VATS for Lung Surgery Proving Better than Traditional Technique

Richard Coffey's health was his No. 1 concern when he was faced with lung cancer surgery. But the physically fit West Bloomfield, Mich., man also felt compelled to ask his surgeon about how quickly he could get back to his regular routine. "Is there any chance I'll be playing golf again by the end of the year?" he recalls asking