Dave & All,
Could not find the Newsletter that mentioned the Proton Beam Salvage Treatments, but I did find 2 testimonials on the www.protonbob.com website. I'll paste them here and they also can be found on the website under Testimonials.
I'll start a new topic also as this might be missed.
David Leighton - Foresthill, California
When David Leighton’s radical prostatectomy failed, he chose Proton treatment to go after the cancer cells the surgery had missed. That was 5 years ago. Today things are looking great! Following David’s brief testimonial, he relates an inspirational story about his brave friend, “TC.”
Proud to be aboard the Brotherhood. This is an outstanding program. I am a solid believer in the "Proton," and your organization is right on track getting the message out to all those in need. Keep up the good work! Early detection and Proton treatment is the way to go!
10-17-95, the prostate biopsy came back hot in the upper left quadrant of the prostate.
12-12-95. my prostate was removed.
Two years later, the PSA began to climb again.
11-20-97, ProstaScint - UCLA - indicated cancer in the prostrate bed.
1-26-98, City of Hope, consulted with Dr. Wawachi regarding regular or Proton radiation. PSA 7.
4-98, Started Proton radiation - Proton all the way.
Completed Proton, 2nd week of June 98.
So far, PSA is Non Detectable, as of Feb. 2003.
Had no radiation side effects, whatsoever.
That's my history.
Thanks so much, Bob for having me aboard. Looking forward to communicating with all members!
Steven Hodgdon - Hatley, WI
Like many of our members, Steve’s initial treatment for prostate cancer was surgery. When his cancer returned, he chose proton therapy for salvage treatment.
Following is an email sent to me by Steven Hodgdon, a former surgery patient whose cancer had returned. He chose proton therapy at Loma Linda for salvage treatment.
I just finished reading the Proton Bob newsletter from June where you were speaking at Loma Linda's Wed. meeting. I was a post prostate surgery guest at Loma Linda starting in January 2006 and finishing up there on March 10th.
Four years after having my prostate removed my psa began to climb and when it reached 0.20 my urologist advised traditional radiation as the next step. I wasn't too keen on getting that done after hearing about the possible damage to good tissues that conventional radiation can have. After pressing my oncology radiation doctor about other treatments he then told me about proton radiation treatment at Loma Linda and mentioned that he had graduated from there some time ago and that his son now is going to Loma Linda. He said that if he were me and could afford the time and expenses, he would go to Loma Linda. After this fine recommendation, and some research and correspondence with Loma Linda the decision was made to go.
The experience as others have testified to, is almost indescribable. Being treated as a guest and with respect at every turn, the opportunity to socialize with other guests, and the professionalism by all the staff is overwhelming. My wife and I came home with many new friends and a very positive outlook on my recovery. Dr. Rossi is indeed an expert in proton treatments and is confident in his practice.
I had my first follow-up treatment after two months (standard for post surgery treatment), and am so elated to say that my PSA was non-detectable. Also, my friend Rex from N.M. who had post-surgery proton treatment at the same time, reported to me that he had the same results.
So anyone out there with ‘returning’ prostate cancer absolutely needs to check out Loma Linda. Bob, when I first contacted you to join your group I was surprised to get a personal e-mail back from you outlining the success of other Proton Bob members who had post-sugery proton treatment. That little note of yours really helped build up my hopes. Thank you. I hope this makes your testimonial pages so that others having similar cases will know that proton treatments for post-surgery returning prostate cancer really are effective. Best Regards, Steven Hodgdon, Hatley, WI. Keep up the great work!”
Hope this helps.
Diagnosed with a Gleason 4X3. 1 out of 7 samples, Left Side. DRE showed Normal. Psa gradually crept to 10. Dropped to 6.4 with Alt. suppliments.
Proton Beam Therapy at Loma Linda 11-06. PSA at 1 yr. 1.7.