More men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year than any other cancer. It is slow growing, but left untreated, it can be a killer. Revolutionary treatment options just minutes from the Valley are allowing men with prostate cancer for a much better life.
“It was actually a fantastic adventure,” said Hilton Cranston-Whittaker about his battle with cancer. ”I had high blood pressure at the time, but it never bothered me,” said the 70-year-old. But it bothered his wife, so he went in for a blood test and was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March.
Knowing men who had gone through painful surgery, Hilton wanted to find another way. ”All I ever heard of was doomsday from men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer,” he said. That’s when he found proton therapy at Loma Linda University Medical Center, the first hospital in the country to offer the non-invasive treatment.
With proton therapy, doctors are able to use high energy particles to precisely target cancer cells. ”It is the miracle treatment,” said Hilton. “My treatment was two minutes long, two minutes each day for 45 days and then it was all over.” Moreover, there are virtually no side affects : “I didn’t feel anything, I actually said, can I get my money back because I don’t feel a thing. It is absolutely extraordinary,” said Hilton. He would walk five miles in the morning, get his treatment midday, then still have time and energy for golf in the afternoon.
“45 days later, I was free and clear” he said. With treatment as easy as this, he says there is no reason why men shouldn’t get screened. ”Men sort of like myself maybe, didn’t want to face the one day, yet statistics say most men will have prostate cancer, so sooner or later you are going to have to deal with it,” he said. “It’s not doomsday. You will be pleasantly surprised and it will save your life.”