14th Annual Play Golf. Fight Cancer.® Classic

UF Health Proton Therapy Institute Clinical Research Program 

“Our primary missions at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute are clinical care and clinical research. Our purpose is to give patients the best quality cancer treatment. We invest heavily in research because we want to see a day when all patients with cancer are cured and none are burdened with side effects of treatment.”

Nancy P. Mendenhall, M.D. 

UF Health Proton Therapy Institute Medical Director

 Leading the Field of Proton Therapy

Proton therapy delivers a precise radiation treatment which destroys cancer cells and minimizes damage to healthy tissue, providing higher accuracy, reducing the risk of complications and side effects, and improving chances for a successful outcome.  We believe that proton therapy will soon become the standard of care for many cancer patients and we know that clinical research is essential in demonstrating proton therapy’s promise.  This is why the Institute allocates $2 million annually for research, relying on philanthropy for part of this funding. The Play Golf. Fight Cancer.© Classic. provides crucial support for these research efforts, raising over $1.1 million to date.


A Decade of Research Excellence

Over the past decade, in pursuit of the most accurate, effective practices and treatment, the Institute has conducted more than two dozen clinical trials and numerous peer-reviewed studies, including a 5-year study on prostate cancer outcomes.  To date, more than 7,200 patients from 50 states and 30 countries have received proton therapy at UFHPTI and we currently have 21 active clinical studies.  Importantly, approximately 98% of our patients participate in a registry study to track outcomes following treatment and 31% of patients are enrolled in clinical trials, while the national average of clinical trial participation is 3%.  Your support ensures the continued growth of our Clinical Research Program, gathering the data that is necessary to advance the understanding of proton therapy.


Major Milestones

In April 2016, the Institute’s Clinical Research Program achieved a major milestone, with six faculty having articles published in a special particle therapy issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, the leading radiation oncology journal.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for Clinical Research Program and the issue signals a tipping point in the quantity and quality of research being produced at academic health centers that use proton therapy to treat many kinds of cancers. The Institute is one of the major contributors to the special issue with six original articles reporting patient outcomes following proton therapy for five types of cancers.  UF Health Proton Therapy Institute lead authors and article titles are:


For more information about the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute’s Clinical Research Program, please visit www.floridaproton.org, or call toll-free 877-686-6009.

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