Donald Gothard - Washington, Michigan

Treated 2001 • Posted 2001 

“There are a lot of happy members of the Brotherhood of the Balloon. I'm one of them.” 

John and Norma Zimmermann - Pahoa, Hawaii

Treated 1999 · Posted 2000

"You are a difficult patient, I don't want to see you again -- don't make another appointment."

Diagnosed with PCa at age 74
Gleason score 8, T3, PSA 24.2
began treatment at age 75

Loveen Weeks (Wife of BOB Member, Eugene Weeks) - Chandler, Arizona

Treated 2009 · Posted 2013

"I learned that the list of possible side effects from the urologist's recommended treatments were scary. I could not sleep. I woke Gene up one night and told him, 'I think we should go to Loma Linda.'"

Gene and I returned home September 14, 2009 after 45 days of proton treatment at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California.

Holden Markle - Roseville, California

Treated 2012 · Posted 2012

"Cancer no longer has to be the destroyer of lives and families. Cancer can bring about the possibility of a life changing experience physically, mentally and spiritually, and of course it can be beaten."

Tony Wagoner - Orlando, Florida

Treated 2011 · Posted 2011

"...it was a "no brainer" as to which treatment I would have - proton therapy of course!"

I registered to be a member of the Brotherhood of the Balloon in early November, 2010, because I was going to begin proton therapy for prostate cancer in mid-November at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Center in Jacksonville.

Brian Butchko - Carlsbad, California

Treated 2002 • Posted 2003 

"I was rather stunned by the enormity of the word 'cancer', but felt a certain calmness brought about by a sense that it was very treatable and that this was all part of 'God's Plan' for my life."

John Stevens - Vancouver, Washington

Treated 2009 - Posted 2012

"The more I studied prostate cancer, the more I felt drawn to proton therapy as my treatment path."

Below is the first full entry from John Stevens' blog titled, "On the Path with Prostate Cancer." He wrote the blog soon after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and in it, he processes the highs and lows of his journey.

Steven Bollock - Mount Shasta, California

Treated 2009 · Posted 2012

"My greatest fear and concern as I explored my treatment options was related to side effects."

I have hesitated to write about my proton experience as it seemed so easy and normal and successful. My prostate cancer was almost a non-event, as there were never any symptoms and hardly any side effects. The discovery of my 3+3 Gleason cancer was through a normal DRE at a yearly physical with my local doctor.

Robert Crudup - Haverford, Pennsylvania

Treated 2011 · Posted 2011 · Updated 2019

"The news (diagnosis) hit hard—like a ton of bricks. If I knew then what I know now, it would have been much easier to deal with."

I was the picture of health—no cancer in the family. And I was leading a clean "California life style." The last thing I expected to hear from my urologist was, "Bob your test came back positive for prostate cancer. Your PSA is 5.76 and your Gleason score is 4+3 for a total of 7. You have no palpable tumors and your stage is T1c."

Charles Reinhardt - Frankiln, Tennessee

Treated 2012 · Posted 2012

"I was a short twelve hours away from having the seeds procedure ... Not realizing it at the time, I now consider this Divine intervention!"

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"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

Want to talk to former proton patients? Just ask.


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