Can Proton Therapy Be Beneficial In Selected Patients With Breast Cancer?

Miami Cancer Institute is bringing proton therapy to South Florida. Proton therapy is an appropriate option for breast cancer patients in select cases. Learn about patient selection and proton therapy availability in 2017 from radiation oncologist Minesh P. Mehta, M.D., FASTRO, from Miami Cancer Institute. 

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Target Audience

Family Medicine Physicians, Ob/Gyns, Internal Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants, Medical Students and Residents.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the role of proton therapy in breast cancer management. 
Additional information
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Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
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Minesh P. Mehta, M.D., FASTRO
Deputy Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute 
Baptist Health South Florida    

Minesh P. Mehta, M.D., FASTRO, has indicated that he is a consultant for Varian, Agenus, DSMB: Monteris and Insys. His discussion will not include mention of investigational or off-label usage.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
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