Treated 2011 · Posted 2015 · Updated 2016

As a whole, my treatment was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget. LLUCC, the BOB, and the friends I have made along the way will be in my heart forever."

I was treated with proton therapy for my prostate cancer at Loma Linda University Cancer Center in 2011. During my treatment, I felt well enough to hike, golf, and do anything that I wanted to do. In fact, I hit golf balls daily as the condo where I stayed was two minutes from Indian Canyons Golf Club in Palm Springs. Returning to St. Louis after treatment my golf handicap was the best ever! I traveled from Palm Springs to Loma Linda each day to receive my treatment (about an hour away); we left about 4 p.m. and was in back in Palm Springs to enjoy dinner nightly amongst the beautiful mountains and palm trees. We stayed after my treatment in Loma Linda on Wednesdays to attend the Wednesday Night Meetings with Dr. Lynn Martell.

Side note: During one of the Wednesday Night Meetings, Historian Richard Schaefer spoke to the group. As you may know, LLUCC’s mission is to “Make Man Whole” - treating each patient body, mind, and spirit. Well, Richard spoke about that mission, mentioning that LLUCC had instituted that theme as the hospital’s motto in December, 1956—the very month and year that I was born. During his talk, my wife Alison and I looked at each other, believing this was no coincidence.

There were many other interesting “signs” that we came across during our proton therapy journey at Loma Linda. Because of these signs, I knew I was in the right place, at the right time, having made the right treatment choice.

Regardless of the long-term outcome, this was my destiny. 

LLUCC: December 27, 1956: "To make man whole," first chosen as the theme for the 1955, year-long 50th anniversary, adopted as institution's motto.

View the full LLUCC timeline here.

As a whole, my treatment was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget. LLUCC, the BOB, and the friends I have made along the way will be in my heart forever.

Four years after my treatment ended, I am doing very well—I keep healthy by spending time working out with a personal trainer, golfing, and utilizing a wellness coach that practices a therapy called “Healing Touch.” My PSA is 0.06 and I have absolutely no side effects from treatment.

Today, as president at Leon Uniform Company in St. Louis, MO, I am working hard  growing my business, implementing a new management style, instilling a new cultural change, and building a solid platform for the future. My goal at age 62  is to reduce my workload, slow down to enjoy my family, hobbies and life’s pleasures.

Update: February 2016

My most recent PSA is 0.30. YEAH!  Same as back in August.

I can’t believe that it has been almost 5 years.

The photo below was taken during my proton treatment. I am at the top of one of the mountains in the Andreas Hills area of Palm Springs. It overlooks the Indian Canyons Golf Course.  

"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.

 


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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