Archive for July, 2011

Follow-up for my IMRT and Chemo treatment at MD Anderson’s Cancer Treatment Center

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Next week (17th) I return to the Houston Cancer Center MDA, to review my status. I will be there until the 2oth and hope to return home with a bunch of Good news!

I do not wish to visit the radiation machine again, and seem to be slowly getting the hang of how to get better.

I can’t thank all of you who checked up on me and know that I’m better because you did. So here’s a picture of the IMRT machine used in Houston for the treatment that lasted just over five weeks (Weekends not used).

In the meantime, I have been in touch with over 30 men regarding their Proton progress and five others who asked me “What happens”? The reports say that the Proton is still being denied by some and while that is going on many men and some women are happily completing their treatment with protons for a variety of cancers.

I have talked to a lot of people while at MDA and I am amazed at the number I see every day while I am there. The program is well managed and when I go back I will see some friends who are being treated for almost every “cancer” imaginable.

My Prostate is fine, doesn’t even talk to me and seems happy with the treatment I received in 1999 at Loma Linda’s Proton Center. PSA stays at 0.1 at each annual physical in November each year.

So here’s the picture of the equipment in Houston, there is about ten minutes of preparation and then the IMRT radiation treatment lasts from 15 to 30 minutes. I had three Chemo treatments that lasted most of all day, three days and have been here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since last May 2011.

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