Cancer patients seek PT at ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset. Find out about their stories.
Charles Piparo, 78, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in August of last year. Proton therapy at ProCure is the reason for his speedy recovery. He received 44 treatments over a 90-day period. After a six-week follow-up treatment, his tumor was gone. He is now in remission and will only be receiving another 90-day injection as a precaution.
Norma Evans, 73, was also impressed with the treatment she received at ProCure. After a tumor was found on her pituitary gland, she underwent surgery in September. Pieces of the tumor had to be left on Evans’s optic nerve. As a result, Evans was advised to undergo radiation therapy as a preventative measure. A month after her 29 treatments, an MRI indicated that no tumor cells were detectable. Unlike Charles, Norma did not need any extra treatment.
Proton beam therapy has been used as treatment since the 1950s, but it has not expanded until the past decade. In the past 50 years, 60,000 cancer patients have been treated with proton therapy, and in the three years since the New Jersey ProCure facility opened, it has treated 1,000.