Treated 2007· Posted 2017

"I can’t say enough about my wonderful experience and my sensational results (with no side effects!)."

It’s been 10 years since I had proton therapy at Loma Linda University Cancer Center (LLUCC), and my PSA is 0.2.  I’m 81 and live in Palm Springs, CA. Each time my wife and I pass Loma Linda on our way to LA, we both say, “Thank you, Loma Linda!”

I was diagnosed late in 2006. After reading and hearing about the undesirable side effects experienced by many patients who chose “traditional” prostate cancer options, I decided to do my homework and see what else was out there that my urologist and other surgeons were not telling me about.

I found proton therapy and LLUCC. Thank you to God and the Internet … and the book written by Robert Marckini.  I still keep a picture of my treatment team on my wall.  Those guys were terrific! And I felt great throughout the whole ten weeks of treatment. 

I started my treatment in January 2007, so my wife and I decided to turn what we called my “medical inconvenience” into a winter “vacation” and rented a home in Palm Springs, a 45-minute drive to Loma Linda. We golfed in the morning and then drove to LLUCC in the afternoon. Everything was smooth and easy.  

The number that most people mention when discussing prostate cancer is PSA. Three years before my treatment, my PSA increased from 3 to 4 to 5.6. Eighteen months after treatment, my PSA decreased to 0.2 and remains there today - ten years later. But these are not the only numbers that count. During my LLUCC "medical inconvenience,” my golf handicap improved from a 25 to an 18!!

I can’t say enough about my wonderful experience and my sensational results (with no side effects!). This is a true testimony of how great an option proton therapy is and has been for the thousands of men like me. 

"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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You Can Beat Prostate Cancer — NEW Edition Available

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

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