WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyatt W. Decker, M.D., Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual National Proton Conference (NPC2015), March 31-April 2, 2015, in Washington, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel-Pentagon City. More than 250 researchers, clinicians, administrators and other experts on proton therapy will gather at the conference, which is sponsored by the two leading membership organizations for proton therapy public education and patient awareness, The National Association for Proton Therapy and The Proton Therapy Consortium.
In addition to providing Mayo's perspective on proton beam, Dr. Decker will highlight trends impacting health care. Other prominent proton physicians will present the latest information on clinical trials comparing conventional radiation with proton beam radiation for patients with breast and lung cancer. The challenges associated with developing a new proton therapy center, advances in technology, the economics of proton therapy, understanding patient expectations and communicating the proton therapy story also will take center stage.
"Members of the proton community, the radiation oncology community, the news media and others interested in proton therapy will gain important insights from the exceptional group of experts assembled at NPC2015," says Leonard Arzt, Executive Director of the NAPT.
More information about the National Proton Conference, including registration information, is available at NPC2015.com or the NAPT web site at www.proton-therapy.org. The four top supporting sponsors of the meeting are Hitachi. ProNova, Mevion and IBA.
The National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) is a non-profit organization supported by proton center members and is "The Voice of the Proton Community". NAPT promotes education and public awareness for the clinical benefits of proton beam radiation therapy. Founded in 1990, NAPT is an advocate for the advancement and future access of proton therapy. It provides the number one website on proton therapy for patients, physicians, health care providers and the news media. NAPT's site is www.proton-therapy.org.
The Proton Therapy Consortium is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to ensure availability and access to proton therapy for patients by educating regulators, payment providers, and policymakers on coverage issues. The Consortium promotes improving patient choice and access, facilitating appropriate use of proton therapy and encouraging cooperative research. Its members are world-renowned cancer centers that provide life-saving treatment to patients throughout the United States.
SOURCE National Association for Proton Therapy