Treated 2012· Posted 2016

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Loma Linda University Cancer Center in California is like no other medical facility in the world. I made lifelong friends during my experience there, both fellow patients and staff.

Note also that BOB founder Bob Marckini was instrumental in me making my decision to have proton treatment. Back in 2012 he answered all of my questions and gave me some great advice - all of this over a six month period. He also helped we win my insurance appeal with BCBS! Bob is truly my HERO.  

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer after a routine physical exam. I had no symptoms whatsoever. And then during and after my proton treatment, I also had no symptoms or side effects of any kind. 

It may also be interesting for readers to know that during my treatment I played golf three times each week and worked out regularly at Loma Linda's Drayson Fitness Center.

Nearly four years following my proton treatment, I feel the same as I did before treatment!  I continue to play golf three times a week and work out four to five times a week at a local “Y." My quality of life is as good as it’s ever been!

My last PSA was 0.37 and it seems to have leveled off. Life is good!

Here’s a photo of Lew standing next to the University of North Dakota’s NCAA National Hockey Championship trophy during a golf outing earlier this month.


"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.

Watch the video.

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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