Walt at least your Uro acknowledges that Protons exist. Some won't even do that. As far as being unproven, that is a bunch of BS. Loma Linda now has patients who were treated 15 years ago and are alive and healthy today. There is plenty of hard data to show that Protons are no worse than the best surgical or radiation (photon) procedure and in some cases actually better when delivered as the centers around the country do. GI and GU morbidity has been shown to be much less in several studies recently published in the US.
Why would universities spend upwards of $200 million dollars to build a treatment facility for something as prevalent as PCa when they could spend in the low millions to build a photon center that does just as well. It is because quality of life after treatment is just as important as potential quantity. I think some doctors are afraid that in the long run Protons may seriously impact their practice.
54 years old
PSA 5.6 on 3/20/07
Biopsy on 4/20/07
3 out of 12 cores positive, 2 on the right lobe with 5% adenocarcinoma Gleason 3+3, 1 on the left lobe 10% adenocarcinoma Gleason 3+4, overall Gleason graded 7 Cancer T1C. 2nd Pathology opinion concurs.
No scans recommended as seminal vesicle and lymph involvement is shown on nomograph as less than 1-2%. All physicians have agreed with this.
Dr. recommended Da Vinci Laproscopic RP, asked for 2nd opinion. Seattle Cancer Care recommended same. Asked for Radiation referral. Recommended IMRT. Scheduled Surgery for July 9th, 2007. Had 2nd thoughts about surgery and IMRT due to potential side effects. After web research discovered Proton Beam Therapy and called Loma Linda. Now scheduled for final consult with Dr. Luu on 7/5/07, our 27th anniversary.