2013 Women Playing For T.I.M.E Fundraising Focus:
Proton Therapy Center
MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando’s Proton Therapy Center will treat cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate as well as pediatric cancers. Proton therapy has been used for early stage breast cancer in clinical trials with good success and a reduction in side effects from traditional radiation therapy. This cutting edge therapy greatly reduces the risk of damaging surrounding tissue and organs near the targeted tumor area. MD Anderson - Orlando will begin treating patients with proton therapy in early 2014 and expects to treat more than 30 patients a day with the new proton accelerator.
Cancer Support Community Funding
The Cancer Support Community is an internationally known non-profit that is “dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer”. In 2012, MD Anderson - Orlando entered into a formal relationship with the Cancer Support Community. MD Anderson - Orlando will be developing new programs and enhancing current programs to provide the best support to patients. Funds from WPFT 2013, would enable MD Anderson - Orlando to provide programs/services which focus on important aspects of patient care, including:
- Respite/Healing Areas in the new GYN/Oncology Clinic & the 4th floor of the Charles Lewis Pavilion
- Workshops on emotional support & treatment for patients with specific types of cancers
- HOPE tours of MD Anderson - Orlando to orientate patients & families to the services available
- Enhanced exercise & fitness classes; Nutritional education & cooking classes at all treatment sites
- Expanded Mind-Body-Spirit programs
- Support groups for patients & families;
- Broadened psychosocial services
Patient Transportation/Assistance Program
Funds from WPFT 2013 would be used to continue support of the patient transportation/patient assistance program at MD Anderson - Orlando. The vehicles used for this program are annually maintained through funds provided by WPFT. The program enables patients to call for complimentary transport services if needed to ensure they can receive their cancer treatments. Over 2,000 transports occur on an annual basis.