Treated 2011 · Posted 2017

"My experience at LLUCC was great. Side effects from [proton] treatment were, in fact, minimal, and all the other patients I spoke to, who came to Loma Linda from all over the world, had similar experiences."

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the summer of 2009 after a lump was noticed during a routine colonoscopy. My doctor recommended I have a biopsy and later, it was confirmed - I had cancer. I was devastated. But, I learned it was caught early, slow-growing, and that prostate cancer is very common. It didn't have to be a death sentence.

My biggest concern at the time was finding a treatment without the horrible side effects. At every consultation I went to, I was told about the negative side effects - incontinence, impotence... In the meantime, a friend suggested I do some research online to learn about alternative treatments. There, I found my way to Loma Linda University Cancer Center and proton therapy. I learned that treatment could be non-invasive and with minimal side effects. It was a no-brainer. I should also note that I spoke with many former proton patients before I made my ultimate decision. I wanted to learn directly from those who had been in my shoes. Everyone I spoke with had had a positive experience.

My experience at LLUCC was great. Side effects from treatment were, in fact, minimal, and all the other patients I spoke to, who came to Loma Linda from all over the world, had similar experiences. I spend my time now the same way I spent my time before treatment! Nothing much has changed. 

My PSA is way down. My health is good and I am trying to keep a positive attitude and eat healthy.

"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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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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