ProtonPals is a support and outreach group of men who choose proton therapy treatment at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas to cure their prostate cancer. The “PALS” formed a network and developed this web-site in order to:
- Stay up to date on treatment cure results
Provide support to others and Proton Therapy Center activities
Be informed on side effects among the group
Promote proton radiation as one of the best cancer cures
Attract and nurture more Pals who support our cause, patient-to-patient and friend-to-friend
ProtonPals is open to cancer patients(not limited to prostate cancer) and those interested in proton radiation therapy. You’re most welcome to sign up for the monthly e-Newsletter. See side bar.
Proton therapy is widely regarded as the optimal radiation treatment for a wide variety of cancers and has significant advantages over conventional X-rays and other therapies. It is a cancer killing machine that targets cancer with precision to a millimeter while sparing nearby healthy tissue and causing very few, if any, side effects people often experience with other therapies.
The Proton Center is the first proton therapy facility located within a comprehensive cancer center, giving patients access to M. D. Anderson’s world-renowned research, faculty and multidisciplinary care. The leading radiation oncologists and center staff who provide your care are part of a hospital that is ranked the top hospital in cancer care for 2011. “America’s Best Hospitals”. In addition to prostate cancer the Proton Therapy Center also provides effective treatment for many other tumor sites, like lung, brain, pediatric, head and neck among others. (view the hospital’s current list of all conditions treated).
This web-site serves two purposes. It is a wonderful source of information for prospective patients searching for options for their best treatment. The site is designed to answer their questions. When prospective patients ask you about treatment direct them to this web-site and have them read “Just Been Diagnosed”. The site also lists men who have been treated and who will gladly talk to them man-to-man about their experience and results.
Also, the site provides you information on how we are progressing after treatment on being cured as well as how others are doing with any potential side effects. Pals will be provided with regular updates of the Proton Center activities.
As a former patient you can help by providing information on your progress. Please use the format you will find on the web-site under the heading “Side Effects” and remember you can remain anonymous if you prefer. We are looking for your input on ED, energy level, urinary dysfunction, PSA and anything else you want to share.
No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main.
SPECIAL NOTE TO PATIENTS: We are seeking your comments on your treatment and reaction to your treatment for the benefit of our members in the network. When you respond to ProtonPals we will normally place your response on the web-site and in mailings to the members unless you tell us not to do so. You can remain anonymous if you desire. We will assume that displaying your response to the members and the public is your intent unless directed otherwise. Further that you agree to waive your rights of non disclosure, indemnify and hold ProtonPals and it’s leadership harmless for placing information on the web-site or mailing it to the patients who have become members of the organization.
DISCLAIMERS ProtonPals is an exclusively patient-sponsored organization with no official relationship with or support by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center or the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center. ProtonPals is simply an information sharing network of patients. ProtonPals hopes to inform, encourage and help patients through shared knowledge. Members are not doctors so more serious concerns should be directed directly to your doctor. ProtonPals also desires to promote the M. D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center as for virtually everyone it has been a very positive if not life saving experience. The ProtonPals web-site, commonly known as the ProtonPals.net weblog, will contain hypertext links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links are provided for your convenience. ProtonPals does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of this outside information. Further the inclusion of these links to particular items in hypertext are not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any of these views expressed or products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organization sponsoring the sites.