The Mission of the Brotherhood of the Balloon is threefold. First it is to bring together patients who chose Proton treatment for their prostate cancer. By sharing information and supporting each other, we provide an extension of the community and healing process that began during treatment. Second, it is our goal to help others discover a treatment for prostate cancer that, we believe, offers the same, or better cure rate statistics, but with fewer side effects than any other available treatment. Third, we feel we have an obligation to give something back to the institution that saved our lives and preserved the quality of our lives.

Our Values

Our first responsibility is to our members. Our goal is for all members to respond to other members' requests and needs in a timely manner with appropriate information and support, and with due consideration for their privacy and dignity.

Since our members believe we have received the best available treatment for prostate cancer, we proactively share information, as well as our personal experiences, with others who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and are evaluating treatment alternatives.

"I have not spent one dollar on medicines or follow-up procedures in my 20 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.


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.

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Questions? Ask us anything.

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

Want to talk to former proton patients? Just ask.

You Can Beat Prostate Cancer — NEW Edition Available

Written by former proton therapy patient and BOB founder, Robert Marckini

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