Archive for September, 2008
And yet, the prestigious medical centers continue to generally ignore the Proton. They focus on the following and while Protons might get a line or two in their papers it’s not much. The big four to most experts are:
- Expectant Management
- Radical Prostatectomy
- External Beam Radiation Therapy
- (with the exception of Proton all seem to be X-Ray based.)
Nine years and one month ago, I was treated for Prostate Cancer at Loma Linda University’s Proton Treatment Center, in California, started on July 6, 1999 and finished on August 27th, 1999. Each day, the actual Proton treatment was less than 5 minutes.
Traditional radiation treatments use X-Rays from 3-D and Brachytherapy up to and including “Cyberknife”. Protons are NOT X-Rays, and have the unique capability of being more precisely controlled for application to the cancer or benign tumor. So X-Rays cannot be stopped once started and therefore do some damage, no matter how minuscule, to healthy tissue.
I believe that a comparisons “Randomized Clinical Trials after 50,000 or so have already been treated worldwide with Protons, is simply a political decision with the heat coming from those doctors who do not have the Proton capability or have a treatment stake driven in other treatments and do not want buy this capability.
I am not insane and I would not submit to a trial where there was any possibility of inferior treatment when I knew that Protons were available. I am not a Doctor, only a happy former patient, I HAVE NO SIDE EFFECTS! 9 YEARS, 1 MONTH, post treatment.
“Market Forces” will come into play as more Proton Centers are added to the medical community and cost reductions based increased availability and changes in the customer base. The fact that I have not seen an urologist regarding anything related to my Proton treatment for over 8 years, is in itself a cost reduction. Protons are the rapidly growing approach to treat Prostate Cancer and many other diseases with Protons as below and should not be denied to anyone.
Protons are the real deal and treat Choroidal Melanoma, Pituitary, Acoustic Neuroma, Meningioma, Astrocytoma, Other Brain, Head & Neck, Prostate, Other Pelvis, Craniopharyngioma, Orbital, Paraspinal Tumors, Chordoma/Chondrosacoma, Sarcoma, Other chest, AVM, Other Abdominal, SNVM, Breast, Lung, & Liver.