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Moving on from prostate cancer

BenSmith
After Ben Smith was “fired” by his urologist 10 years ago for declining to undergo a radical prostatectomy to treat his prostate cancer, Smith fired up his computer and got to work. “I started doing Internet research and looking at every available therapy at the time, even cryotherapy,” the 62-year-old Cocoa Beach, Florida, resident says. “All of the treatments had pretty good efficacy. But then, they would talk all about the possible side effects like impotence and incontinence — except for proton beam therapy.” At the time, there were only a handful of clinical centers offering proton therapy in the United States, including ones in Boston, Massachusetts, and Loma Linda, California. “I did a little more homework and found that the University of Florida was... Full article

Protons delivered for retired mail carrier

Ric Donnici is able to ride his motorbike after proton therapy treatment
Early in his 37 years as a postal carrier, Ric Donnici walked a 15-mile route. Every day. It was a tough slog during the hot, humid summers of Missouri. And in blowing winter snows. But no mail route was as long as the steps Ric took for his first proton treatment in September 2013. “I walked in there with my head down and with a deer-in-the-headlights look on my face,” Ric recalled. He knew protons were the right... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton Therapy for prostate cancer at Loma Linda

Loma Linda Proton Therapy Center
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... Full article

Stories of prostate cancer survivors built credible expectations for proton treatments

Colonel (Ret.) Alton Whitley completed his prostate cancer treatments in November 2013 at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas.
Alton Whitley is an analytical guy. Numbers — data — drove Whitley’s decisions during his whole career as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Force. But when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2013, data didn’t drive the retired colonel’s decision about which treatment would be best. The stories of cancer survivors did. “I was raised in a family where you were expected to make decisions and they... Full article

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... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton Therapy, a new way of fighting cancer

Mike Buettner prostate cancer survivor thanks to Proton Therapy
When Mike Buettner learned he had prostate cancer, it was a scary shock. As a pastor, he had presided many cancer patients’ funerals. Now he’s cancer-free, after undergoing a newer kind of radiation therapy in an Oklahoma City clinic. He now wants to get the word out about being aware of prostate cancer. And he is an advocate for the treatment he received : proton therapy. Buettner’s story began with an annual... Full article

Friend’s regret about prostate surgery moves Wisconsin man to protons

Bill Friedlander Proton Therapy
You could say it was a good friend’s buyer’s remorse that prompted Bill Friedlander to change the course of his cancer care. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2013, the retired organic chemist was all set to begin photon radiation treatments. “I had the appointments and they gave me the Lupron,” he said. Lupron is taken to stop testosterone production in preparation for prostate cancer radiation... Full article

WEB REVIEW – 150th prostate cancer patient at Procure Proton Therapy Center in New Jersey

Procure Proton Therapy Center New Jersey
The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, New Jersey announced that 150 prostate cancer patients have successfully completed their proton therapy treatment. Since Procure opened the New Jersey facility in March 2012, physicians have noted that a majority of prostate patients have learned about proton therapy through family, friends and independent research rather than via their primary physicians and urologists.... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Joe Landry, prostate cancer survivor

Joe landry proton therapy
When Joe Landry’s younger brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his time and attention turned to helping his brother find the best care and treatment for the cancer. His research and resourcefulness paid off, as Joe was diagnosed with prostate cancer a year later. Joe, a retiree, had spent 37 years with an oil and gas company and, with the exception of periodic bouts with prostatitis and kidney stones, he’d... Full article

Proton system engineer sees beam from new vantage point

Mike Notarus
For more than two decades, Mike Notarus has helped guide the design and construction of 17 proton treatment centers around the world. Last April, he saw protons from a very different vantage point — laying on the treatment couch. Diagnosed with prostate cancer by his physicians at the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, Mike knew exactly which treatment he would pursue. And he knew where he would be... 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