Irving’s Texas Center For Proton Therapy Treats Its First Patients

Until Tuesday, North Texas was the largest metropolitan area in the country without a cyclotron: a massive, three-story-tall cancer-fighting machine. The Texas Center for Proton Therapy, located in Las Colinas, has officially started treating patients. Traditional chemotherapy is a blast from a shotgun; this is a carefully aimed shot from a sniper. Full Story

Urgent Care Goes Uber: How Healthcare Is Becoming More Accessible Than Ever

Startup companies like Mend and Plano’s PediaQ, wherein a parent can use an app to direct a nurse practitioner to wherever their sick child is, are evidence that healthcare is welcoming a more consumer-driven model. Lean, efficient upstarts are identifying gaps that can be exploited to improve convenience and transparency in the care patients receive. The giants are no longer the only game in town. Full Story

Reports: Digital Health Investments Already Reach $2.1 Billion In 2015

Mobi Health News reports that digital health companies brought in $2.2 billion through the end of June, trailing the $2.9 billion that came into the industry at this point last year. The report used numbers from industry analyst Health 2.0 Market Intelligence, which listed big investments such as Allscript’s $200 million in Nant Health. Full Story

UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center Joins Elite Group To Earn Highest Federal Designation

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined an elite group of fewer than 50 in the country that have been awarded designation by the federal government as one of the finest cancer research and treatment facilities in America. Full Story

Conversation With: Dr. Andrew K. Lee, Head Of Dallas-Fort Worth’s First Proton Therapy Center

Later this year, cancer patients throughout Dallas-Fort Worth will have access to a 220-ton machine known as a cyclotron that delivers concentrated doses of radiation directly to a tumor with minimal exposure to healthy tissue, a process that has been proven to minimize side effects. North Texas is currently the largest region without access to such a machine. But not for long. Here is a conversation with the doctor tapped to lead it. Full Story

Baylor Partners With Prominent Research Nonprofit TGen In Precision Medicine Initiative

Baylor and TGen have announced they’re forming a large-scale research consortium, beginning with efforts to further personalize oncology—diagnose tumors sooner, then develop individualized treatment paths to increase the patient’s chance of survival. Researchers for each institution have worked together on studies in the past, like one in the Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal, which was the publication’s most cited white paper in 2013. Full Story