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.
Victor Lawson for example first discovered proton therapy as a potential prostate cancer treatment option while watching a cable sports program. He happened to hear the coach speak about his successful experience with proton therapy in treating his prostate cancer. Victor began to research the therapy and facilities that offer the treatment and discovered the ProCure Center in Somerset.
Another patient, Monte W. from NY, learned about proton therapy through his brother-in-law, who had been previously treated with proton therapy in Boston. Monte’s urologist had recommended standard radiation therapy, but his own independent research as well as his brother-in-law’s strong recommendations led him to opt for proton therapy treatment at ProCure.
“What appealed to Victor and Monte, as well as other prostate patients, was that proton therapy would enable them to avoid invasive surgery as well as help minimize risk to surrounding healthy tissue, compared to standard radiation therapy,” explained Dr. Brian Chon, radiation oncologist and physician at ProCure Somerset.
“My own experience taught me how important it is for individuals at risk of prostate cancer to be educated about their treatment options and to be motivated to make informed decisions,” said patient Victor Lawson. To help others who may be searching for a better understanding of what treatment options are available, Victor along with other prostate cancer patients actively reach out to patients to share their personal experiences. Their stories have even appeared in publications and aired on several broadcast programs.