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Prostate cancer and protons forge lasting brotherhood

Bill Friedlander, a prostate cancer survivor and former proton therapy patient.
Proton therapy advocate Bob Marckini calls it the “Brotherhood of the Balloon.” It’s the lasting bond of fellowship forged among men who, day after day, come to know one another as they wait their turn to have their prostate cancer zapped by protons. Wisconsin resident Bill Friedlander found the camaraderie among prostate cancer patients one of the most rewarding aspects of his proton treatments earlier this year at CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, in Warrenville, Illinois. “Marckini reflected this in the book he wrote,” Friedlander recalled. “The social aspects of treatment play a tremendous role in your everyday well-being.” Their shared cancer and the rather immodest patient preparation that all prostate patients endure instantly erased any distinctions of... Full article

Proton therapy, education can help remedy racial disparities in prostate cancer care

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African American men diagnosed with very low-risk prostate cancers are much more likely than white men to actually have aggressive disease that goes undetected with current diagnostic methods, a John Hopkins study recently suggested. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer occurs more often in African American men than in men of other races. African American men are also more likely to be diagnosed at... Full article

PSA testing is an important early-detection tool for prostate cancer

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In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised the elimination of a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for prostate cancer in healthy men. Champions for early detection of the disease were not pleased.   “They are doing the male population in this country a huge disservice,” said Robert Marckini, author of the book, “You Can Beat Prostate Cancer” and founder of... Full article

Proton Therapy Self-Referral

Frustrated by few options offered by cancer care specialists, families initiate online research, discover Proton Therapy. When Giles White was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the fall of 2011, he turned to his oncologist for treatment options. One option was offered: surgery. Frustrated by the doctor’s limited recommendations, Giles and his wife, Barbara, began a journey of cancer treatment research and discovery. “I couldn’t believe we only had one option,” said Barbara. “I did the research and when I uncovered all the complications that could come from surgery, I began... Full article

Keeping a Promise: Creating a Network of Cancer Treatment Advocates

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Fifteen years ago, Bob Marckini watched his older brother enter the hospital for prostate surgery a healthy, tall, and physically fit man, and emerge hours later a completely different person. He had tubes, drains and catheters seemingly everywhere and his face was gray.   “I was with him in the recovery room and what I saw there is still etched in my mind today,” recalled Marckini. “It was then I made a promise to... Full article