Hello to any man who has learned he has prostate cancer and now must decide what treatment option to select and where that treatment should be provided. The quick answer is PROTON TREATMENT at Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Proton Treatment Therapy Center (LLUMC). Call 1-800-776-8667.
In my case, my local urologist called in April of 2012 with the news that my prostate biopsy showed cancer. Gleason score was 3+4 for a total of 7. PSA was 9. (Current PSA is 0.37)
The decision for treatment was easy. My brother-in-law owner of this blog, Jim Tuggey, had gone to Loma Linda in 1999 for proton treatment of his prostate cancer and has been singing the praises of the treatment and the people ever since.
So I called the above number, sent the necessary medical records, flew to Southern California for a first meeting, came home and packed. My wife Judy and I drove to Loma Linda for my first treatment in mid-June of that year.
The nine weeks we spent at LLUMC was one of the best vacations we ever had and we have traveled a lot. The people at LLUMC are wonderful – they truly care. The treatment each day, five days a week, normally took little time, leaving the rest of the day for any activity of our choosing. The get-togethers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings were great times. The housing options were superb. And the other patients represent people who searched out several options of treatment, and did not simply accept the recommendation of the urologist back home and decided that proton treatment is the better option.
You are encouraged to do the same.
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This just in from the UF Proton Therapy Institute – I’ve coped their table below. As they state:
“Part of the decision-making process is to learn each treatment’s potential for cure (disease control) and for maintaining a good quality of life after treatment. The following table shows the most current prostate cancer patient outcomes data available for both proton therapy and surgery.”
Thanks to my old flight instructor “Doc” Harkins for passing this along…….
||Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer
||Surgery for Prostate Cancer
|Major complication rate
|Long Recovery Time
|30-day mortality rate
Percent of patients who experience a change post treatment
*Disease control is defined as freedom from clinical or PSA progression at five years.
**1% per Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) v4.0; 5.3% per CTCAE v3.0
1.Mendenhall, NP et al. Five-Year Outcomes from 3 Prospective Trials of Image-Guided Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer. Int J Radiation Oncol Biol Phys 2014 March; 88(3):596-602.
2.Han, M et al. Long-Term Biochemical Disease-Free and Cancer-Specific Survival Following Anatomic Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy: The 15-Year Johns Hopkins Experience. Urol Clin North Am 2001 Aug; 28(3):555-65.
3.Qi, P et al. Long-Term Oncological Outcomes of Men Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy With Preoperative Prostate-Specific Antigen <2.5 ng/ml and 2.5-4 ng/ml. Urol Oncol 2013 Nov; 31(8):1527-32.
4.Treatment Option Overview for Prostate Cancer, Health Professional Version. Retrieved Aug. 28, 2013.
5.Bishoff JT et al. Incidence of fecal and urinary incontinence following radical perineal and retropubic prostatectomy in a national population. J Urol 160 (2): 454-8, 1998.
3.7.14 Reviewed by Nancy P. Mendenhall, M.D.
MARCH 2014 is here and there is a lot said in the latest “Bob Tales”. (LINK HERE)
How lucky we are to have a smart, dedicated man in Bob Marckini who is always up to date on the status of protons. Bob has developed a complete program with the support of the Loma Linda team and we are all benefitting from his hard work.
Deb Hickey is right there keeping the show on the road and we winners in the Prostate Cure race are exceedingly happy with the results. Results count and given that, we already accept the impact of what has really been the impacts using “Protons”, vis a vis the crowd of “Naysayers”.
I have full faith in the use of Protons and our input broadens each time a new person reports “Proton” success. Here I am about to reach 85 and have no Prostate issues.
My personal burden has been lifted thanks to Jay Rolls, a close relation, who knows how to write English and manage much of the Technical side of “Charter” in Denver. He administers this site for me.
If you can call me between 8:30am and 5:30pm, I should be here to talk.
Looking for happy results!
Jim Tuggey, Colonel, USA Army retired
Here’s an interesting article about a prostate cancer patient and how he dealt with his treatment options within the UK. Link to article is HERE. Without any options to obtain proton treatment inside his own country, he turned to a treatment center on the European continent – over in Prague, Czech Republic.
Jim Tuggey here on February 28th 2014. When you look at the spread of Proton facilities in our country and recognize the growing company of other Proton Centers that exist in other countries, it really weakens the case for the “Naysayers”. I have no cancer in my “prostate” and can round up quite a list of men who have had the same success with the “Proton”. That does not even take into account the other successes using Protons that are not Prostate issues but a much wider scope of challenges that have been met for men and women! My colleagues and I delight in the fact that Loma Linda met the challenge when so many expressed doubt. I think I counted nineteen Proton centers in our country and more to come.
I thought it would be helpful to readers and visitors to have a visual map of the proton treatment centers around the US. Many people will want to know geographically where the nearest center is to their home, and this gives you a quick glance of both centers in operations, as well as those that are under construction. If you notice a center that is missing, please let us know – post a comment to this blog post.
We grant others permission to use these graphics as long as you give credit back to ProstateBlog.com.
Click on the Map for a larger version. For a list of all the facilities and links to their web pages, you can go HERE.
We posted a note about three years ago about the exciting news that the Mayo Clinic had decided to embrace Proton treatment and was building two new facilities. This is just a short note on progress with their buildings.
As a reminder, the Mayo Clinic is building two facilities.
The first facility is being built in Rochester, Minnesota and the ground breaking took place on Sept 15, 2011. They are expecting to be treating patients some time in mid to late 2015. Below are some renderings of what the facility will look like:
The second facility is being built in Phoenix, Arizona and the ground breaking took place on Dec 13, 2011. They are expecting to be receiving patients some time in early 2016. Below are some renderings of what the facility will look like:
Here is an overview of the schedule for these two facilities as projected in January, 2014:
Click photo for full size version:
One UK Surgeon says: “Proton beam will be the universal treatment of choice for prostate cancer in ten-year’s time”. [BOB tales for October 2013]
Despite regular attacks, Bob Marckini notes that “we represent about two-thirds of the men alive who have had proton therapy for their prostate cancer.”
Well, November again and I’m personally happy to be here in the USA and know that the “Proton” was the answer for me in 1999.
I count thirteen Proton centers in the latest BOB report. You may be surprised at locations for some of them i.e.:
- McLaren Proton Therapy Center, Flint MI
- Rinecker Proton Therapy Center. Munich Germany
- National CancerCenter/Proton Beam Therapy Center. Seoul, Korea.
- ProCure Proton Therapy Centers in Warrenville, IL., Oklahoma City, Seattle WA, Somerset, NJ
Great to have smart people join the Proton team.
Bob Marckini revealed that the Dutch Government plans to build FOUR Proton Therapy Centers in the Netherlands. They report that the essence of the use of Protons will be where they have proven effective and that includes, head-and-neck, breast, lung, and prostate tumors. To me it appears that the Dutch are aware of value where it is evident, and they are moving to save some lives and improve the methods to achieve this goal.
And – Ohio plans to build a Proton Center in Dayton, as well as one in Miami Township.
Be sure to find a copy of Bob Tales (a monthly newletter) that will help you understand how important the “Proton” is today and will be in the future.
My friend Bob Marckini knows what he is publishing in his “BOB Tales” and believe me you need to know that my comments above were generated directly from the research and follow-up by the Marckini, Bob and Deb team.
In 1958 I was fortunate to command a Helicopter Company in Fort Sill, Oklahoma that taught me to always try to find an answer that is truthfull and will help others.
Thank you for reading. Keep looking at the many “Videos” on this site – I always learn a lot from them.