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."

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."

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.

Tom Ross - Verona, Virginia

Treated 2012 · Posted 2013

"It was as if we had had a vacation in Southern California and received the cure for my cancer at the same time."

Sid Shanks - Camargo, Illinois

Treated 2000 · Posted 2001 · Updated 2008

“I completed proton treatment in June of 2000. My current PSA is 0.3 and I have experienced no side effects from treatment.”

Roger Brown - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Treated 1996 · Posted 1997 · Updated 2009

My case: In July 1995 during a routine physical, my PSA was 11. A retest produced 11 again, so a biopsy was set up. Four samples later, the Gleason was determined to be 7. Something had to be done. I was given all the options except proton treatment, about which little was known by this urologist surgeon. Being a surgeon, he recommended a radical prostatectomy over all other treatments.

Norton Elder - Waynesville, North Carolina

Treated 2001 · Posted 2001

“What a way to be cured of cancer!”

My name is Norton Elder and I graduated from LLUMC on December 15, 2001. I just had my first four-month PSA check and am proud to say it was 0.07. When I started my treatment at Loma Linda, my PSA was 5.4; Gleason was 6 (3+3); class was T1c. I had a ten-plug biopsy, all cancerous. I had one four month Lupron shot on August 2, and started treatment at Loma Linda in late September.

I received 40 Proton treatments.

Dennis Franks - Canyon Lake, California

Treated 2002 · Posted 2003 · Updated 2015

“I had my last proton treatment on February 21, 2002 and haven't stopped smiling since!”

1994: PSA was 4.6. My doctor gave me Hytrin to lower PSA and keep my blood pressure in check. Blood pressure went up so the doctor stopped Hytrin, and I went back to prior blood pressure medicine. Nothing more said about PSA.

1998: New doctor. PSA 7.8. Had biopsy. No cancer found.

Halvard Thomsen - Clinton, Massachusetts

Treated 2002 · Posted 2002 · Updated 2015

“I DO NOT regret choosing Loma Linda and I encourage anyone to explore it to the fullest!”

Jim Henry - Upland, California

Treated 2002 • Posted 2002 

“By now, the quality of life issues were paramount in my thought process.”

The following is a description of my decision making process for prostate cancer treatment and how I chose LLUMC for proton/photon radiation treatments.

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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

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