John Stevens - Vancouver, Washington

Treated 2009 - Posted 2012

"The more I studied prostate cancer, the more I felt drawn to proton therapy as my treatment path."

Below is the first full entry from John Stevens' blog titled, "On the Path with Prostate Cancer." He wrote the blog soon after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and in it, he processes the highs and lows of his journey.

Brian Butchko - Carlsbad, California

Treated 2002 • Posted 2003 

"I was rather stunned by the enormity of the word 'cancer', but felt a certain calmness brought about by a sense that it was very treatable and that this was all part of 'God's Plan' for my life."

Holden Markle - Roseville, California

Treated 2012 · Posted 2012

"Cancer no longer has to be the destroyer of lives and families. Cancer can bring about the possibility of a life changing experience physically, mentally and spiritually, and of course it can be beaten."

Loveen Weeks (Wife of BOB Member, Eugene Weeks) - Chandler, Arizona

Treated 2009 · Posted 2013

"I learned that the list of possible side effects from the urologist's recommended treatments were scary. I could not sleep. I woke Gene up one night and told him, 'I think we should go to Loma Linda.'"

Gene and I returned home September 14, 2009 after 45 days of proton treatment at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California.

Tom Ross - Verona, Virginia

Treated 2012 · Posted 2013

"It was as if we had had a vacation in Southern California and received the cure for my cancer at the same time."

Douglas Brane – Dunnellon, Florida

Treated 2002 • Posted 2003

"I’ve had no side effects whatsoever, and actually feel better physically and mentally than ever."

Gene Mahler - Goodyear, Arizona

Treated 2013 - Posted 2014

"In the end, it is your body and you should do the research, be informed of all the options, and make the right choice for your care."

I am sharing my experience with prostate cancer to help inform others about a treatment option that is often not suggested to a patient facing one of the most important decisions of his life.

Warren Kalkhof - Shepherdsville, KY

Treated 2013 · Posted 2016

I visited my urologist for my annual checkup. A week later, he called to say that my PSA was in the normal range, but he was concerned because my count had gone up the last four years in a row. He felt I should have a biopsy. My biopsy came back with 1 out of 12 samples with cancer.

Roland O'Brien - Fort Pierce, FL

Treated 2012 • Posted 2017

“I have nothing but positive things to say about the entire procedure.” 

I was 71 years old and my PSA had jumped a bit so my General Practitioner sent me to a local urologist in Vero Beach, Florida, who performed the common 12 hollow needle cuts.

Only one of the cuts showed cancer, however, the cancer was found to be a Gleason 8, which means it was an aggressive form.

The urologist said, "I operate using robotics, and I can take it out whenever you are ready."

Steven Hodgdon - Hatley, Wisconsin

Treated 2006 • Posted 2006 • Updated 2009

Like many of our members, Steve's initial treatment for prostate cancer was surgery. When his cancer returned, he chose proton therapy for salvage treatment.

Following is an email sent to me by Steven Hodgdon, a former surgery patient whose cancer had returned. He chose proton therapy at Loma Linda for salvage treatment.

"Hello Bob,

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The Purcell's fairy tale life came to a halt when the doctor diagnosed Pat with prostate cancer. Little did they know that 25 years earlier, a doctor 1,200 miles away risked his entire career to pioneer proton treatment with virtually no side effects. “Against All Odds” follows a couple’s desire to fight cancer and unveils the historical account of a doctor’s passion to discover a better treatment option.

Watch the "Against All Odds" video.


 

"I have not spent one dollar on medicines or follow-up procedures in my 13 years post-proton treatment."
- Wayne Swartz, BOB Member
"You owe it to yourself and to those who love you to safeguard your quality of life. Surgery will not do that ... proton therapy can."
- Jeannie Chase, Spouse
- Warren Johns, BOB member
"15 years have passed since exposure to the penetrating power of the proton and the superb medical skills of the 'beam team.'”
"The procedure was a breeze. It has been 10 years and I feel GREAT.”
- Tom Wright, BOB member
"As long as I live, I will do everything I can to spread the word about proton treatment.”
- Jim Tuggey, BOB member
"I am celebrating 8 years post-treatment with no recurrence, no side effects, and not one more penny for medications."
Robert T. Gore, M.D. F.A.C.O.G.

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Proton Therapy Advantages:

· Less damage to healthy tissue
· Non-invasive, painless

· Outpatient setting
· No recovery time
· Lower chance of recurrence
· Few, if any, side effects

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