Treated 2013 · Posted 2013 · Updated 2016
"I am happy to share information about my experience with the shortened (hypofractionation) proton treatment protocol with prospective patients."
I had my initial visit to LLUCC in early March 2013 where they prepared my pod and gave me the first CT scan to prepare my treatment. During my first consultation with my doctor, he suggested that due to my small tumor size and Gleason score of 6 that I was a candidate for the shortened course of 20 treatments over 4 weeks instead of the usual 45 treatments.
I found that on the 20 treatment plan, you receive actually two treatments a day, one on each side instead of the normal one side at a time so it works out that over the 20 days of treatment you get 40 treatments.
My wife, Karin, and I moved to Loma Linda Springs apartment complex on March 14th in preparation for my trial run on March 15. On the trial run, they do everything that they would normally do in a treatment without the actual dose of protons. My first treatment started the following Monday, the 18th of March.
While in treatment, Karin and I had the opportunity to tour the facility and learn a little more about the inner workings of the machinery that actually make and deliver the protons.
We recommend Loma Linda Springs as a great place to stay near the hospital.
I am happy to share information about my experience with the shortened proton treatment protocol with prospective patients: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are a couple of photos of Dan during his proton treatments at LLUCC.
Update: June 2016
I am doing just fine. My PSA is still at .02, so all is well in that department. Things are getting warm in Sacramento - it was 105 yesterday! Our summer is beginning well and my golf game is improving!