Walt and Dave the problem with the new centers in TX and FL and IN are that they are using very aggressive criteria to select initial patients for treatment. There are several reasons for this the first being that they typically only have one treatment area open for PCa use. It can take many months to validate the gantry and accumulate enough data to get FDA approval for actual patient treatment. Another reason is (sad to say) that they are going to cherry pick patients in the beginning so that they can show some success at the facility. So while you or I may be candidates, someone with a PSA over 10 or a 8+ Gleason will generally not be accepted. One of the mentors I talked with who was treated at Loma Linda initially applied at the new facility in TX but was turned down due to high PSA (>15). I can understand wanting to stay close to home as the big problem for me will be living out of state for 2 months and the associated expenses. Should be my only out of pocket costs though as insurance will cover the treatment in full. Seems like all the years of double insurance coverage are finally paying off.
I know of several more facilities that are under construction and due to come on-line in the next 2-3 years including one here in the Seattle area (2010), but waiting that amount of time is not viable for me or most of us here. The others I know of are in Philadelphia on the U of Penn campus (2009) and one in OK that is in the planning and early construction stage and online in 2011? there is also a lot of research going on at the moment regarding producing protons with laser beams instead of a syncro/cyclotron and the attendant structural mass required to control and contain the accelerator. Several Euro companies are also looking at mini cyclotrons which do not require massive structure to house. The future looks promising for Protons.