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Thompson Proton Center Physicians

Posted on September 22, 2022

  Ryan Grover, MD Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director Residency: Radiation Oncology Loma Linda University Medical Center  Medical School:  University of Southern California   Brion Shin, MD Radiation Oncologist  Residency: Radiation Oncology Loma Linda University Medical Center  Medical School:  Lima Linda University Medical Center   Allen Meek, MD Radiation Oncologist  Residency: Radiation Oncology Johns Hopkins […]


Thompson Proton Center Names Executive Director

Posted on September 19, 2022

  Thompson Cancer Survival Center has named Gary Barlow as the executive director of the Thompson Proton Center. Barlow will manage the day-to-day operations of the proton center. Barlow joins Thompson Cancer Survival Center from the New Mexico Cancer Center, where he was leading the development of a new proton therapy center. Prior to his […]


Welcome Dat Tran, MD

Posted on August 17, 2022

Dat Tran, MD “The most satisfying part of oncology is getting to know my patients as they navigate their cancer journey, allowing for a special doctor-patient relationship unlike those in other specialties.”  Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship:  Hematology and Medical Oncology LSU Health Science Center New Orleans, LA Residency:  Internal Medicine  Baylor Scott and White […]


Covenant Health Announces Thompson Proton Center

Posted on July 19, 2022

Covenant Health Purchases Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Knoxville Thompson Proton Center becomes part of Covenant Health’s Comprehensive Oncology Services Knoxville, TN – July 19, 2022 — Covenant Health, the area’s largest integrated healthcare delivery system, is pleased to announce the purchase of Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Knoxville, adding a new treatment option to […]


Oncology Pharmacists: Valuable Patient Resource

Posted on June 27, 2022

This blog was written using content provided by Kasey Smith, Pharm D, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Patients can easily become overwhelmed as they try to make sense of a cancer diagnosis. The feeling of being overwhelmed can intensify as they try to understand the necessary lab tests, imaging scans, and biopsies they may need, on top […]


No Place Like Home

Posted on June 17, 2022

New Linear Accelerator at Thompson Cancer-Sevier Brings Cutting-Edge Treatment to Local Cancer Patients The tumor was discovered by pure coincidence. When Jamesena Miller underwent a CT scan in October 2021 to follow up on a lung procedure, her surgeon noticed a spot in her left breast that he recommended checking. After Miller underwent a lumpectomy […]


Acceptance, Accolades, and Opportunities

Posted on June 9, 2022

“Dear Dr. Chism, Congratulations! On behalf of ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology),  it is with great pleasure that I inform you of your admittance to the ASCO Leadership Development Program (LDP).”  These words begin the acceptance notification from ASCO sent to Thompson Oncology Group’s David Chism, MD, on April 13, 2022.  Dr. Chism is […]


Oral Chemotherapy: Benefits and Costs

Posted on May 25, 2022

Did you know some patients with cancer can receive their chemotherapy in the form of pills taken at home? It’s true! Oral chemotherapy is prescribed in many cases and it has some advantages over traditionally administered chemo, but it can also have barriers and challenges. In the paragraphs below, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Melisa Williams, RN, […]