A major milestone was celebrated at the first and only proton therapy center of Illinois in Warrenville. On June 26, Bill Friedlander, 83, finished his proton therapy treatment for prostate cancer and became the 1000th patient treated at the CDH Proton Center, a ProCure Center.
A graduation ceremony was organized for Bill, with his friends, family, team members and other patients. “I may be lucky enough to be called number 1.000; however, I stand on the shoulders of the 999 people who were treated before me,” Bill said. “I am very fortunate to have found this great treatment option and to be able to receive it surrounded by wonderful people, including new friends I’ve met and the wonderful staff at the center.”
Since its opening in October 19, 2010, the CDH center has treated patients from 25 states and 10 foreign countries with cancerous tumors (brain, breast, central nervous system, head & neck, lung, gastrointestinal tract, prostate), and nearly 150 children.
“Bill’s graduation is an important and exciting milestone for all of us,” said William Hartsell, M.D., medical director of the center. “It’s rewarding to be able to bring this advanced treatment to patients with cancer. While we have been successful in treating 1,000 patients, we know there are thousands more that can benefit.”