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.

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."

Doug Ayer - Greenwich, Connecticut

Treated 2001 · Posted 2002

"I went into high gear learning all I could about options and outcomes. This involved talking to friends and their friends; reading all the books and articles; researching on the web; and visiting Memorial Sloan Kettering, Massachusetts General, Johns Hopkins and Columbia Presbyterian."

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.

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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